Griffin Cup Competition Rules & Regulations
Knock-out Competition Regulations 2014 – 2015
The Griffin Cup is contested by clubs from Middlesex and surrounding counties playing in National Challenge 2 and below, including those clubs not yet entered in a league.
1.1 The Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup is for those Teams competing in the National Challenge 2 and below of the RFU Women’s Competition shall be known as the Griffin Cup.
2.1 The Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be managed and supervised by Middlesex Rugby (MCRFU Ltd) who shall appoint an Organiser (the ‘Organiser’) to administer the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup Competition and to whom Middlesex Rugby may delegate such powers as it deems appropriate.
2.2 The Organiser shall administer the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup and make such decisions as he/she deems appropriate to run an efficient and fair competition provided only that any such decision must not be contrary to these regulations, the rules and regulations of Middlesex Rugby, the rules and regulations of the Rugby Football Union or the Laws of the Game.
2.3 The Organiser shall have the power to alter or amend these regulations, as he/she deems necessary in order to run an efficient and fair competition, provided only that no regulations may be changed, other than in exceptional circumstances, once the competition has started, and the Chair of the sub-committee has given his/her approval.
2.4 Any decision of the Organiser will be final and binding on all Clubs and teams in the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup subject to any Clubs right to appeal in accordance with Regulation 13.
3. ELIGIBILITY OF CLUBS
3.1 Only Clubs that are competing in the current season’s National Challenge 2 or below may enter the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup competition. Clubs do not have to be affiliated to Middlesex Rugby to enter.
3.2 All clubs must be affiliated to the RFU.
4. ELIGIBILTY OF PLAYERS
4.1 A team may only select players who have played for that team in the current season’s National Challenge 2 league or below.
5.1 The Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall comprise the Cup and the Bowl competitions.
5.2 All teams will be entered into the Cup competition for the first round of matches.
5.3 The Griffin Cup will run on either a triangular set of fixtures or will be a knock-out competition. This will be dependent on the number of clubs that enter the competition and will be communicated prior to the competition commencing. Clubs who do not win their first round of matches will progress into the Griffin Bowl competition.
5.3 A Club may only enter one team in the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup competition.
5.4 All stages of the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be played at the home ground of the first named team in the draw, except the Final, which will be played at a neutral venue.
5.5 First round matches of the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup competition shall be played on or before
6th December 2015.
5.6 The second round matches of the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be played on or before
31st January 2016.
5.7 The third round matches of the Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be played on 29th March 2015 or
3rd April 2016.
5.8 The Semi Final of Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be played on Sunday 10th April 2016.
5.9 The Final of Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup shall be played on 23rd April 2016.
6. DRAWN MATCHES
6.1 If at the end of normal time in a Final the scores are level, there shall be a five-minute break. After this break, the teams will change ends and there shall be a period of extra time between the teams of 10 minutes each way, with a one-minute interval.
6.2 If the scores are then still level the teams will change ends and ‘sudden death’ will be played. Play will continue with the teams changing ends every ten minutes. The team scoring first during ‘sudden death’ will be deemed the winner.
7.1 The Organiser shall arrange the draw and notify the teams.
7.2 Teams must notify the Organiser as soon as they have confirmed the date of their first round matches.
7.3 Double header matches (whether league/league or league/knock-out) shall not be permitted.
7.4 Teams shall play the same number of players, which will be determined by the team with the least number of players.
7.5 The home team shall be responsible for organising the referee and paying his/her expenses.
7.6 The home team shall use its best endeavours to secure the services of a referee from the London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees (LSRFUR).
7.7 In the event of the LSRFUR being unable to appoint a referee the home team shall be responsible for providing a competent referee.
7.8 The home team shall be responsible for informing the referee of these Regulations.
7.9 If in the opinion of the referee there is a colour clash the home team shall change its shirts.
7.10 The Organiser’s permission must be obtained for any match to be played at a ground, which is not the home ground of either of the teams involved. The Organiser’s permission will not be withheld unless he/she believes that the choice of venue unreasonably disadvantages the away team.
7.11 All other arrangements shall be made as for usual Club fixtures.
8. ABANDONED MATCHES
8.1 Weather Conditions (which shall be deemed to include bad light in the sole opinion of the referee)
8.1.1 Less than 50 Minutes Played
In the event of the abandonment then both teams will use their best endeavours to ensure that the match is played at the earliest possible date. If the teams cannot agree, the match shall be played at time, date and venue as specified by the Organiser.
8.1.2. 50 or more Minutes Played
If a match is abandoned because of weather conditions when fifty or more minutes have been played, then the score at the moment of abandonment shall stand and be deemed the final score in the match. The Referee’s decision as to the necessity for abandonment and the number of minutes played at the moment of abandonment shall be final.
8.2 Other Reasons If the Referee finds it necessary to abandon a match for any reason other than weather conditions, then, irrespective of the number of minutes played, the result of that match shall be reviewed and determined by the Organiser who may order the match to be replayed and/or impose such other sanction as he/she deems appropriate.
9.9. UNPLAYABLE PITCHES
9.1 A match shall only be postponed if either captain regards the pitch as unplayable. The referee’s opinion may be sought, but it is the captains’ decision whether to play the match or not. If the captains cannot agree then the match shall not be played and the matter shall be reported, by the home team, to the Organiser. If in the Organiser’s opinion a captain unreasonably refused to play then the Organiser may award the tie to the other team.
10. NOTIFICATION OF RESULT/POSTPONEMENT
10.1 The home team is responsible for notifying the Organiser of the result or of the postponement of the match by 9.00pm on the evening of the match.
11.1 Teams will be allowed a maximum of five replacements.
11.2 Teams must have five players in their team capable of playing in the front row.
11.3 Teams are required to be able to replace any position in the front row on the first two occasions that replacements are required, excepting that they will not be required to replace the same front row position twice.
11.4 If, after all of the above, and uncontested scrums are required, then the results will stand.
11.5 If a team can’t field a front row, the match will start with uncontested scrums and the other team shall be awarded the win to allow for the game to be fulfilled.
12. PLAYER INTERCHANGES
12.1 Each team shall be permitted to use rolling substitutions of not more than the maximum number of the Player Interchanges set out in the table below:
Number of Player
Up to 3 8
7 or 8 12
12.2 After the permitted Player Interchanges have been made no other replacements, substitutions or Player Interchanges will be permitted for any reason including injuries and in the event that a player is injured the team will play with one less player and with uncontested scrums in the event that this involves a front row player and the game cannot continue safely with contested scrums.
12.3 Player Interchanges replace the ‘blood bin’. If a player has an open wound and thus has to leave the field, and the team has used all of its permitted Player Interchanges that Player may not be replaced and the team shall continue with a maximum of fourteen players. The Player is permitted to return once the wound has been treated and the bleeding stopped.
12.4 Not more than two Player Interchanges per team may occur at any one time and may only occur during a stoppage in play and with the knowledge of the referee who is entitled in his/her sole opinion to refuse to allow or postpone a Player Interchange if he/she believes either that the Player Interchange would prevent the opposition from restarting the game quickly or where a player has been injured or that it would not be safe for the replacement player who has been previously injured to play in the match.
12.5 A Player who is a replacement shall not be entitled to take a kick at goal until a passage of play has taken place since that Player took to the field of play.
12.6 A Player who suffers two injuries in a match which has necessitated that Player being replaced on each occasion is not permitted to act as a replacement following the second injury.
12.7 Under dispensation provided to Unions by the IRB, where these rolling substitutions Regulations conflict with the Laws of the Game these Regulations shall take precedence.
13. COMPLAINTS, DISPUTES AND APPEALS
13.1 Any alleged breach of these regulations or other complaint or dispute shall be referred to the Organiser by telephone within 48 hours of knowledge of the breach or occurrence giving rise to the complaint or dispute and thereafter submitted in writing within a further 48 hours.
13.2 The Organiser shall require the other party to the complaint to answer the complaint within seven days.
13.3 The Organiser may consult with whosoever he/she wishes in arriving at his/her decision. Any failure or delay by a Club in providing information within seven days of being requested to do so may adversely affect the Club’s position. Such failure by a Club to provide relevant information in a timely manner without satisfactory explanation shall not be permitted to form the basis of an appeal.
13.4 The Organiser must inform the Club of his/her decision in writing within fourteen days of receipt of written submissions from all parties or explain the reason for the delay and give a new deadline when the Club may expect his decision.
13.5 A club may appeal against the decision of the Organiser. Such appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of Middlesex Rugby within seven days of receiving the written notification of the decision from the Organiser together with a payment of twenty-five pounds, which shall be refundable if the appeal is successful. The appeal will be referred to the Competitions Committee of Middlesex Rugby.
13.6 An appeal can only be made on the following grounds:
13.6.1 The decision of the Organiser is unreasonable;
13.6.2 The decision breaches Middlesex Rugby Griffin Cup, Middlesex Rugby or RFU regulations;
13.6.3 The sanction is excessive; or
13.6.4 New evidence has become available. New evidence will only be considered if it was not available to the appellant in time to be submitted to the Organiser when considering the original appeal.
13.7 No appeal shall be considered without the payment of the fee.
13.8 The Appeal Committee may adopt such procedure as it deems appropriate save that the decision will be based upon written submissions only (and there will be no personal hearings unless the Appeal Committee determines exceptionally otherwise).
13.9 The Appeal Committee will notify the Club of their decision within twenty-one days of receiving the appeal.