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League Rules

League Rules

Rugby Union

Squad size/Sports Centre membership

All Intramural rugby union squads must have a minimum of 22 players registered to participate in the league. All players must Be Sports Centre members.

If a team fields non-Newcastle University students and/or non-Sports Centre members, the sanctions for that team will be as follows:

First offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • 3 point deduction
  • £50 fine

Second offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • 6 point deduction
  • £100 fine

Third offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • Expelled from the league

Fixtures

  • All fixtures, league tables and results can be accessed on the Centre’s website.
  • All fixtures take place on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Fixtures kick off at 14.00.
  • Matches should start at the time specified and certainly no later than 5 minutes after the designated start time.
  • All games are 70 minutes in duration: 35 minutes each way, 5 minutes half time.
  • Team captains should confirm their fixtures with the opposition captains up to two days before a game. 
  • If a team fails to turn up or cannot produce a team of at least 12 players at kick-off, a 30-0 walkover is awarded to the opposing team. The team failing to show up will also have 1 point deducted from their league table score.
  • If a team fails to turn up to play on three occasions, they will be immediately withdrawn from the league, with no refund given.
  • Any team failing to show up for a fixture is also responsible for paying the full referee’s fee of £15.
  • If a team cancels less than 24 hours before the game, the non-cancelling team has the option of taking a 30-0 victory.

Results

  • Results must be emailed to denis.murphy@ncl.ac.uk on a weekly basis.
  • It is essential results come in no later than the Monday following the Saturday fixtures. This will allow the league tables to be up to date.

Teams and players

  • Each squad shall consist of a minimum of 22 players including up to 10 substitutions. All 10 substitutes may be used and rolling substitutes are permitted.
  • All squads must have 5 experienced front row players.
  • In the event of 3 or more front row players being injured, the game will be played with “uncontested scrums”. However, the game will be played as a competitive fixture with full points allocation to the winning team.
  • If a team does not have a complete front row at the start of play, the game will be played with “uncontested scrums”. However, the game will be played as a competitive fixture with full points allocation to the winning team.
  • Each team is allowed a maximum of 4 players who regularly represent the University in BUCS competitions, in the squad or on the pitch at any one time. These players must be approved to play an Intramural rugby fixture by Matt Carter, Director of Rugby, beforehand.
  • The Centre reserves the right to censor team names.
  • The Centre operates an internal disciplinary procedure and reserves the right to impose suspensions, deducting of points and if required exclusion of players and / or teams.

Substitutions

  • Each team shall consist of fifteen players and up to 10 substitutes. All 10 substitutes may be used and rolling substitutes are permitted.

Equipment

  • All jewelery and facial piercing must be removed before the start of the game.
  • All players must wear rugby boots. No trainers allowed.

Venues

  • Sporting venue key: Cochrane Park (CP), Heaton (HTN), Redhall Drive (RD)
  • For travel directions, consult the Sport Centre brochure or University Sports Centre Reception.

Transfers

  • Any player transferring to a new club and/or joining a club as a new player must advise the League Secretary. All new players must be Newcastle University students and Sports Centre Members.

Referees

  • It is the responsibility of the NURFC to appoint a referee for every fixture. If a qualified referee is not available, the game will be postponed and re-arranged at the earliest possible convenience.
  • All matters pertaining to the playing of the games will be guided by the rules, regulations and laws of the Rugby Football Union.
  • The decision of the referee is final and can not be overruled during a game. If you have a grievance against a decision or incident, the team secretary/captain needs to follow the Centre’s internal disciplinary process and complete the referee feedback form.

Cancelling/rescheduling a fixture

  • If a team cancels less than 24 hours before the game, the non-cancelling team is entitled to claim a 30-0 victory.
  • Teams must inform the opposition team captain and the Participation and Events Manager (Denis Murphy) of their intention to cancel a fixture as soon as possible. Fixtures will only be cancelled and rescheduled if the opposition team captain and the Participation and Events Manager (Denis Murphy) agree.
  • If the opposition captain does not agree to cancel and reschedule a fixture, the fixture will have to be played as scheduled or conceded (walkover 30–0 victory to the non-cancelling team).
  • If a cancelled game (agreed by both captains) cannot be rescheduled within the set time period (end of term), a 30-0 victory will be awarded to the team who did not cancel the original fixture.

Cancellation policy for bad weather

  • The decision to cancel fixtures for bad weather will take place by 11.00 on the day of play. Only team secretaries/captains are to contact the University Sport Centre reception after 11.00 on 0191 208 7225 to find out the situation. All other team members must make arrangements to contact their team secretary/captain for this information.

Club colours

  • Teams must register the colour of its playing kit at the start of the season. The League Organiser must be informed and consulted of any intention to change colours. Where there is the possibility of a clash, the home team (first team on the fixture list) must arrange for an alternative strip.

Scoring system

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point will be awarded if you score 4 or more tries or if you lose by a margin of 7 or less

Cup competition

  • Only registered players can play in the Cup Competition. When a cup match has resulted in a draw, extra time will be played - 2 x 10 minutes. If it is still a draw after extra time, the winner shall be determined by taking kicks from the middle of the 22 in accordance with the procedure adopted by the IRB.

League meetings

  • A meeting will be held at the beginning and at the end of every season. All teams must be represented. The nominated team secretary/captain, in the event of being unable to carry on, must appoint an acting team secretary. The League Organiser must be informed of any such changes.

Contact

Denis Murphy, Participation and Events Manager
Email denis.murphy@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone 0191 208 5349