BERKSHIRE COUNTY RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION COUNTY CUP AND PLATE REGULATIONS
1. The Competition shall be called “The Berkshire County Rugby Football Union Cup Competition” and “The Berkshire County Rugby Football Union Plate Competition” collectively known as “The Competitions”.
2. The Competitions will be organised by the Competitions Sub-Committee of the Berkshire County Rugby Football Union.
3. All matches in the Competitions shall be played in accordance with the current regulations of the Rugby Football Union Intermediate Clubs Knock-Out Competition, save where varied by these regulations. In the event of any conflict between these regulations and those of the Rugby Football Union Intermediate Clubs Knock-Out Cup, these regulations will prevail.
4. Clubs affiliated to the Berkshire County Rugby Football Union shall be eligible, upon invitation from the Competitions Sub-Committee, to enter one team into the annual Competitions, upon payment of an entrance fee payable to Berkshire County Rugby Football Union which will be determined annually.
5. The Competitions will take place pre-season over one day on a date and venue to be advised by the Competitions Sub-Committee
6. The format of the Competitions will be determined by the Competitions Sub-Committee.
7. All matches will be refereed by RFU qualified Referees, appointed by the Berkshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees. Clubs are responsible for supplying one competent touch judge (not a replacement), save for the Competition Finals, where all three match officials will be appointed by the Berkshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees. In the Finals, all appointed match officials should be independent from the two competing sides.
8. Clubs competing may only play, or select as replacement, a player RFU registered to the Club at the date of the Competitions. If a player is not RFU registered to that club they must confirmed as a ‘genuine’ playing member of that Club by a Club Official and not be RFU registered with any other Club at the date of the Competitions.
9. Each Club can use up to 22 players in a match to include at least five players (over 18 years of age) who are suitably trained and experienced of playing in the front row.
10. Rolling Substitutions with up to 12 Player Interchanges allowed per match.
11. Clubs must ensure they are be able to provide a front-row replacement on the first occasion that a replacement is required (whether due to injury or temporary suspension or ordered off). On the second occasion, if the Club cannot provide another front-row replacement, the match will continue with un-contested scrums. The result at the end of the match will stand.
12. In all rounds, except for the Semi Finals and Finals, there will be no extra time.
13. In the Semi Finals and Finals, if the scores are level at the end of normal play, there will be a five minute break, after which a period of extra time between the same teams of 7 minutes each way, with a one minute interval, will be played. If the scores are level after this extra time then the result will be determined in accordance with RFU Regulation 13.6.5(b)(iii) a copy of which is attached as an Appendix to these Regulations.
14. In the event of any dispute in relation to these Regulations, or any other matter in relation to the Competitions, such dispute will be referred to the Competitions Sub-Committee of the Berkshire County Rugby Football Union, which may deal with the matter in such manner as in its absolute discretion it deems appropriate.
15. Any Club, or other person, aggrieved by any decision of the Competitions Sub-Committee has the right of appeal to the Executive Committee of the Berkshire County Rugby Football Union (and not the Rugby Football Union) who may deal with the matter in such manner as in its discretion it deems appropriate and whose decision, however arrived at, is final and binding.
If after extra time in a Semi Final or Final there is no result the result will be decided in accordance with RFU Regulation 13.6.5(b)(iii) a copy of which is reproduced below:
(A) Each team will nominate one player from its number on the field of play at the final whistle to participate on its behalf in a place kicking competition;
(B) Starting with the kicker from the team that kicked off the Final, each kicker in turn will attempt a place kick from the predetermined positions indicated in (D) below until such time as, after an equal number of attempts, one kicker has kicked more goals than the other;
(C) These attempts will be made towards the goal posts nearest the players’ entrance tunnel to the pitch or in the event of both sets of posts being of equal distance from the players’ entrance tunnel the goal posts to the left of the said tunnel when emerging from it.
(D) The attempts will be taken from the following positions in turn, repeating the sequence until a winner is decided: