Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2012

6.16 Rugby Union

6.16.1 Rugby Union knockout competition - boys (Arthur Buchan Shield)

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Knockout Competitions" – Section 5.2

(a) Games for each round must be completed by the date stipulated.

(b) The first mentioned school on the draw is the home school in round 1. The home school in other rounds shall be the school which has the least number of home games. Where the number of home and away games are equal:

(i) The first mentioned school in the draw shall become the home school in odd numbered rounds,

(ii) The second mentioned school in the draw shall become the home school in even numbered rounds.

(c) The home team is responsible for appointing a qualified referee.

(d) The home team will nominate an enclosed ground for the match, see that the ground is correctly marked and flagged and supply three footballs.

(e) The home team must supply three dates to their opponents. On failure to reach a mutual agreement of dates and venue by both teams, the Rugby Convener is to be notified and will make the decision regarding the date and venue for the match. If a school(s) does not agree with the decision, the school(s) should contact the Combined High Schools Disputes Committee, who will make a final determination regarding the date and venue for the match.

(f) It is the responsibility of the winning team to notify the convener/ competition manager no later than the first working day after the match.

(g) Matches

(i) Matches will be played over two thirty minute halves with time off for injury in both halves.

(ii) Extra five minutes each way if teams are level at full time.

(iii) In the event of teams being equal at the end of extra time, the team scoring the greater number of tries will be declared the winner.

(iv) If tries scored are equal, the team scoring the first try will be declared the winner.

(v) In the event of the full time and extra time being nil all, the toss of a coin shall determine the winner, except in the final where the teams will be declared joint holders of the shield.

(vi) Appeals and disputes should be forwarded in writing to the Rugby Union Convener, no later than two days after the match has been played.

(g) Teams may make unlimited replacements provided the player being replaced is injured.

(h) The matches shall be conducted under the Laws of the Game as set forth by the Australian Rugby Football Union.

(i) Each team is responsible for supplying a correctly attired touch judge and two ball boys.

(j) The draw will be made on a straight knockout basis. There will be no redraw after each round.

(k) Players must turn 15 years of age or under in the year of competition. Players who attain the age of sixteen years or over during the year of competition are not eligible to compete.

(l) If at the commencement of a match or during the course of a match a team is unable to field a suitably trained front row then should this team commit an error which results in a scrum, the opposing team will have the choice of either a free kick, or an uncontested scrum. Uncontested scrums will be played when the team unable to field a suitably trained front row is awarded a scrum a per the laws of the game. If both teams do not have suitably trained front row players to start the match, the match will still be played and uncontested scrums will be played for both teams.

6.16.2 Rugby Union knockout competition girls -open age (Richard Shaw) Shield and 15 years (Glenn Clayton Shield)

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Knockout Competitions" – Section 5.2

(a) Girls Rugby Union knockout competition - open age level.

(i) The home team will supply three (3) alternative playing dates to their opponents, who must accept one of these dates.

(ii) The home team must arrange with the Rugby Union referees' delegate for their region to appoint a qualified referee. One week's notice must be given to the delegate to arrange this appointment. If the delegate is unable to make an appointment, any privately made appointment must be confirmed by the referee's delegate.

(iii) Home teams are to supply three (3) match footballs and ensure that all grounds are properly marked and posted (corner posts, 22 metre and half-way flags, etc).

(iv) Each team is responsible for supplying a correctly attired touch judge.

(v) The matches shall be conducted under the Laws of the Game as set forth by the Australian Rugby Football Union with the variations for Under 19 years Rugby. The replacement of injured players is permitted throughout the game, provided that once an injured player has been replaced he may not subsequently return to that game.

(vi) Matches

The matches are to be played over two halves of 30 minutes each with time off for injury in both halves.

In all matches other than the final, if the scores are equal after two halves, an extra 5 minutes each way will be played with time off for injury in both halves.

In all matches other than the Final:

In the event of teams being equal at the end of extra time, the team scoring the greater number of tries will be declared the winner.
If tries scored are equal, the team scoring the first try will be declared the winner.
If no tries are scored, the team scoring first points will be declared the winner.
In the event of the full time score and extra time score being nil, the toss of a coin will determine the winner.

In the final, if scores are equal at full time, 10 minutes extra time each way will be played, if the scores are still equal the teams will be declared joint winners.

(vii) In all games other than semi-finals and the final, the winning team must phone their results to AAP (02) 9322 8000.

(viii) If at the commencement of a match or during the course of a match a team is unable to field a suitably trained front row then should this team commit an error which results in a scrum, the opposing team will have the choice of either a free kick, or an uncontested scrum. Uncontested scrums will be played when the team unable to field a suitably trained front row is awarded a scrum a per the laws of the game. If both teams do not have suitably trained front row players to start the match, the match will still be played and uncontested scrums will be played for both teams.

 (b) Girls Rugby Union knockout competition - 15 years

(i) The girls 15 years Rugby Union knockout competition will be conducted at the 15 years and under age level. (Students who turn 16 years of age are not eligible)

(ii) The home team will supply three (3) alternative playing dates to their opponents, who must accept one of these dates.

(iii) The home team must arrange with the Rugby Union referees' delegate for their area to appoint a qualified referee. One week's notice must be given to the delegate to arrange this appointment. If the delegate is unable to make an appointment, any privately made appointment must be confirmed by the Referee's delegate.

(iv) Home teams are to supply three (3) match footballs and ensure that all grounds are properly marked and posted (corner posts, 22 metre and half-way flags, etc).

(v) Each team is responsible for supplying a correctly attired touch judge.

(vi) The matches shall be conducted under the Laws of the Game as set forth by the Australian Rugby Football Union with the variations for Under 19 years Rugby. The replacement of injured players is permitted throughout the game, provided that once an injured player has been replaced she may not subsequently return to that game.

(vii) Matches

The matches are to be played over two halves of 25 minutes each with time off for injury in both halves.

In all matches other than the final, if the scores are equal after two halves, an extra 10 minutes each way will be played with time off for injury in both halves.

In all matches other than the final:

In the event of teams being equal at the end of extra time, the team scoring the greater number of tries will be declared the winner.
If tries scored are equal, the team scoring the first try will be declared the winner.
If no tries are scored, the team scoring first points will be declared the winner.
In the event of the full time score and extra time score being nil, the toss of a coin will determine the winner.

(viii) In the final, if scores are equal at full time, 10 minutes extra time each way will be played, if the scores are still equal the teams will be declared joint winners.

(viii) In all games other than semi-finals and the final, the winning team must phone their results to AAP (02) 9322 8000.

(ix) If at the commencement of a match or during the course of a match a team is unable to field a suitably trained front row then should this team commit an error which results in a scrum, the opposing team will have the choice of either a free kick, or an uncontested scrum. Uncontested scrums will be played when the team unable to field a suitably trained front row is awarded a scrum a per the laws of the game. If both teams do not have suitably trained front row players to start the match, the match will still be played and uncontested scrums will be played for both teams.

6.16.3 Rugby Union State Championships

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "State Championships (team sports)" – Section 5.3

(a) Each team is to consist of twenty players.

(b) Matches are to consist of two halves.

Day 1 – 17 minute halves, 3 minute half time.
Day 2 – 30 minute halves, 5 minute half time.
Day 3 – 30 minute halves, 5 minute half time.

(c) All teams are to be ready to play fifteen minutes before the starting time to ensure that matches start promptly on time.

(d) Up to five replacements are allowed in any game provided the player being replaced has been injured.

(e) Managers must give their score to the point score secretary immediately the match concludes.

(f) Players must wear a number and numbers are not interchangeable.

(g) There will be no extra time in case of a drawn final.

(h) If teams are on the same points following the pool games on the first day their positions in the pool will be decided:

On points for and against using the difference method
If still equal it will be determined by the team scoring the most number of tries
If still equal it will be based on the pool game between the two teams.

(i) The age group shall be turning 18 years or under in the calendar year of the competition.

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