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Posted September 17th, 2009

 

USA RUGBY

National Union Variation for iRB Law 3 - September 14th, 2009

The following competition regulation applies for any match that leads in any way to a USA Rugby National Championship:

 

All matches shall be governed by iRB Law 3 with respect to Substitutions and Front Row replacements.  In particular, Law 3.14 “Union Specific Variations” will apply to Front Row replacements.

 

Failure to have three Trained and Experienced Front Row Players at the start of a match will result in a forfeit.

 

Clubs/Teams shall submit a Match Roster nominating a maximum of 23 players, i.e., 15 starting players and a maximum of eight reserves.

 

The table below indicates the required numbers of suitably Trained and Experienced Front Row Players for different the number of Players on a Match Roster:

Number of Players on the

ROSTER

Required number of suitably

Trained and Experienced Front Row Players

15

3

16, 17, or 18

4

19, 20, or 21

5

22 or 23

6

 

Should a Club/Team lose all of their available Front Row Players, then uncontested scrums will take place but the Club/Team opting out of the set-piece will not be able to replace the injured player - forcing them to continue with only fourteen players. (Note:  This is a change to the existing Laws and ensures that a Club/Team going to uncontested scrums does not gain an advantage.)

Excerpt from changes to iRB Law 3 effective May 23rd, 2009

 

3.14 UNION SPECIFIC VARIATIONS

 

 

(a) A Union having jurisdiction  (or where a match or competition is played between Clubs/Teams from two or more Unions those Unions by agreement between them) may implement variations to Law 3.14 for  matches below International Level as set out in

3(b) and/or 3(c) below.

 

 

(b) When 22 or 23 players are nominated in a Club/Team there must be sufficient Front Row Players to play at hooker, tight-head prop, and loose-head prop who are suitably Trained and Experienced to ensure that on the first occasion that a replacement in any Front Row position is required, the Club/Team can continue to play safely with contested scrums.

 

 

(c) A provision may be introduced that where uncontested scrums are ordered as result of there being NO suitably Trained and Experienced Front Row replacement for any reason, the Club/Team concerned play with not more than 14 players.