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Vets Cup Rules & Regulations


An official Middlesex Rugby Competition

2016 – 2017 REGULATIONS

  1. NAME

The vets cup competition shall be known as the Middlesex Vets Cup (MVC).


2.1       The MVC shall be managed and supervised by Middlesex Rugby (Middlesex County Rugby Football Union Ltd) who shall appoint an Organiser (the Organiser) to administer the MVC and to whom Middlesex Rugby may delegate such powers as it deems appropriate.

2.2       The Organiser shall administer the MVC and make such decisions as he 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 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.

2.4       Any decision of the Organiser will be final and binding on all Clubs and teams in the MVC subject to any Clubs right to appeal in accordance with Regulation 17.

2.5       The MVC shall consist of a knock out competition to establish a winner..

2.6       Clubs shall notify the Organiser of their MVMT contact. Any communication with the Club contact shall be deemed to be effective communication with the Club.


3.1       Only clubs which are members of Middlesex Rugby, to be known as “Eligible Clubs”, may participate in the MVC.

3.2       All Eligible Clubs shall be invited to participate in the MVC and by accepting such invitation and commencing a match in the MMT shall agree to be bound by these regulations.


4.1       Teams may only select members of their Club.

4.2      For the purposes of this competition a Vet is defined as a player who is or will be thirty five (35) years of age during the current season. Teams are asked to adhere to the spirit of the competition in fielding as many age qualified players as possible at all times.Teams should have a as a minimum, twelve vets on the pitch at any time.

4.3       A team may only select players for the Final, who have already played for that team in the competition.


5.1       The MVC will be a straight knockout competition


6.1       The Semi-Final matches shall be played on Saturday 11th March unless both Clubs in either match prefer to play under lights midweek or on Friday nights at grounds to be determined by the Organiser

6.2       The Final shall be played on Saturday 29th April 2017 at a ground determined by the Organiser .

6.3       Reasonable expenses agreed by the Organiser for the club hosting Final will be covered by Middlesex Rugby


7.1       If at the end of normal time in matches up to and including the semi-finals the scores are level, the team that has scored the most tries is the winner. If still equal then the side that has scored the most conversions is the winner. If still equal then it will be the away side that will go through to the next round. If played at a neutral venue then the winners will be determined by the toss of a coin administered by the referee

7.2       In the Final if still equal after first tries and then conversions have been counted then each team will nominate from the number on the field of play at the end of the final whistle to participate on its behalf in a place kicking competition. The kicks to be taken alternatively starting with the kicker from the team that kicked off the match with the winner to be determined when one player kicks a goal and the other fails to make the same kick. The attempts to be taken from the following positions in turn repeating the sequence until a winner is decided.

the centre of the 22-metre line

the intersection of 22-metre and 15-metre lines to left of posts facing

the intersection of 22-metre and 5-metre lines to left of posts facing

the intersection of 22-metre and 15-metre lines to right of posts facing

the intersection of 22-metre and 5-metre lines to right of posts facing.


The winner of the Middlesex Vets Cup Competion shall be the team that wins the Fnal


Middlesex Rugby will provide plaques for each of the finalists and a cup for the winners


10.1     The Organiser shall draw up the fixtures for the season which will take place on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons unless the Organiser agrees otherwise. The dates for the Semi-Finals and Final will remain as per regulation 6.1

10.2     In the event of a dispute between Clubs as to when a match should be played, either on the Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, the match shall be played on the Saturday afternoon of the date originally specified by the Organiser, or any other reasonable date that the Organiser deems suitable.

10.3     The home team shall be responsible for organising the referee and paying his expenses.

10.4     Other than in the Semi-Finals and Final, 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”).The organiser shall arrange referees for the Semi-Finals and Final matches and be responsible for covering his/her/their expenses.

10.5     In the event of the LSRFUR being unable to appoint a referee the home team shall be responsible for providing a competent referee.

10.6     The home team shall be responsible for informing the referee of these Regulations.

10.7     If in the opinion of the referee there is a colour clash the home team or in the Semi-Final or Final, the first named team shall change its shirts.

10.8     All other arrangements shall be made as for usual Club fixtures.


11.1    Weather Conditions (which shall be deemed to include bad light in the sole opinion of the referee):

Less than 50 Minutes Played

If weather conditions result in a match being abandoned when less than fifty minutes have been played then the game will be replayed and both teams will use their best endeavors to ensure that the match is played at the earliest possible date. If the teams cannot agree, the match shall be played at a time, date and venue as specified by the Organiser.

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.

11.2     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 circumstances shall be reviewed by the Organiser who may order, after making such enquiries as he deems appropriate, the match to be replayed and/or impose such other sanction as he deems appropriate.


12.1     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. In reaching his decision the Organiser may consult the referee.

12.2     If a league match is postponed then both teams will make every reasonable effoty to ensure that the match is played at the earliest possible date. If the teams cannot agree, the match shall be played at a time, date and venue as specified by the Organiser. If no suitable date is available then the game will not be played and neither side will be awarded any Points.

12.3     In the event of the postponement of a Semi-Final or Final 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 a time, date and venue as specified by the Organiser.


The home team is responsible for notifying the Organiser of the result or of the                             postponement/abandonment/cancellation of the match by midday on the Sunday following the match.



14.1     Up to the semi-finals teams will be allowed up to five replacements

14.2     Teams will be allowed seven replacements for the Semi-Final and Final matches.

14.3     In all matches teams must have four players in their team capable of playing in the front row.

14.4     In all matches teams are required to be able to replace any position in the front row on the first occasions that a replacement is required


15.1     In all matches each team shall be permitted unlimited interchanges:

15.2     Player Interchanges replace the “blood bin”. If a player has an open wound and thus has to leave the field, he can be replaced The Player is permitted to return once the wound has been treated and the bleeding stopped.

15.3     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 permission of the referee who is entitled in his sole opinion to refuse to allow or postpone a Player Interchange if he believes that the Player Interchange would prevent the opposition from restarting the game quickly or that a player has been injured or that it would not be safe in his opinion for the replacement player to play in the match.

15.4     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.

15.5     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.

15.6     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.


16.1     Teams are expected to have a front row available for games and only in exceptional occasions should matches commence with “uncontested scrums.”

.        16.2     In the event of uncontested scrums for all or part of the game the result wiill stand as if contested scrums had taken place

16.3     In the event of starting the match with “uncontested scrums” the relevant team will be obligied to adhere to the “Man Off” regulations and will be have to play the match or part of the match without a full complement of players

16.4     If a team is unable to contest the scrum due to having a front row player either temporarily or permanently excluded (red ot yellow card) that team will continue with a maximum of fourteen players until the removed player can return.

16.5     In all matches must have four players in their squad capable of playing in the front row and are required to be able to replace any position in the front row on the first occasions only when a replacement is required. After teams have provided a replacement on that first occasion when required if the match then goes to “uncontested scrums” the result will stand as if contested scrums had taken place and teams will continue with a full complement of players.

16.6    In all matches if a team opts for uncontested scrums prior to the start of the match or when on the first occasion only when a front row replacement is required is unable to produce one that team will be required to remove a player from the field and play with not more than fourteen players

If after the start of the game that team brings on a player that allows the scrums to be contested they will be allowed to field not more than fifteen player.

16.7     If in the referee’s opinion at any time the scrums cannot be contested safely the game will continue with uncontested scrums.


17.1     A Club can make an appeal (“the Appellant) under these regulations by writing to the Organiser.

17.2     If the appeal concerns a particular match then the appeal must be made within seven days of the playing or postponement of the match concerned. In any other circumstances the appeal must be made as soon as possible and in any event within seven days of the facts giving rise to the appeal being made public or known to the appellant.

17.3     The Organiser may consult with whosoever he wishes in arriving at his 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.

17.4     The Organiser must inform the Clubs involved of his decision in writing within fourteen days of receiving the appeal or explain the reason for the delay and give a new deadline when the Clubs may expect his decision.

17.5     Once the Organiser has reached his decision and informed the Clubs in writing a further appeal can be made by the Club writing to the Competitions Committee of Middlesex Rugby (“the Appeal Committee”).  Such appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of Middlesex Rugby at the County Office within seven days of receiving the written notification of the decision from the Organiser.
An appeal can only be made on the following grounds:

a.      The decision of the Organiser is unreasonable;

b.      The decision breaches MVC, Middlesex Rugby or RFU regulations;

c.      The sanction is excessive; or

d.      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.

17.6     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).

17.7     The Appeal Committee may initiate a de novo hearing, but only if there are exceptional circumstances, such as when new evidence which was not available to the Organiser becomes available. An appellant will not be able to rely on new evidence that it could and should have provided to the Organiser to request a de novo hearing.

17.8     The Appeal Committee will notify the Club of their decision within twenty-one days of receiving the appeal.

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