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Other Senior Rugby / Structured Season for North
« on: July 29, 2019, 03:29:42 PM »
The Structured Season for the North is available on the RFU North web site today

http://www.rfunorth.com/


http://www.rfunorth.com/resources/North%20DOC%20Structured%20Season%202019-20%20Final.pdf

Points to note :-
December 21st is a Reserve date i.e matches can be re-arranged to this date if postponed previously.
April 11, Easter, is Ring Fenced i.e No re-arranged rugby matches unless both clubs agree (although this has been overturned on a previous occasion due to exceptional bad weather)
April 25 Playoffs


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North One / Max Blakely - Cleckheaton
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:19:24 AM »
Sad news from the Cleckheaton web site.



It is with the deepest sadness that we have to report the passing today of Cleckheaton player Max Blakely

Max was playing summer rugby league for local club Birkenshaw when he felt unwell. He collapsed moments later and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was unable to be revived
Max was a club stalwart and we are devastated. Sleep tight Max you will be sorely missed

Updated 20:32 - 14 Jul 2018 by Neil Gillan

Condolences to his family and friends.

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Other Senior Rugby / Yorkshire Cup Final cancelled
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:39:02 PM »
It has been reported on the Rolling Maul forum that Sheffield Tigers pulled out of the YC Final and the Cup has been awarded to Harrogate.

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Yorkshire 1 / Level Transfer - possible changes to regs.
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:54:31 PM »

The RFUNCC announced on their website a variation on the rules governing level transfers which may affect leagues for 2017-18

Basically it means that they will not necessarily chose the club which fits the lowest total mileage consideration, but consider clubs other clubs which are close to the lowest total mileage as well.
Sounds like a common sense approach to a difficult topic.


Potential Changes to Level Transfer Regulations (5 March 2017)
Notice of possible change to current method of determining which Clubs to Level Transfer.

The RFU North Competitions Committee (DOC) have become concerned that a Level Transfer imposed on a single club in successive seasons could be regarded as an unfair and significant disadvantage.  This is particularly so when other club(s) in close proximity could also reasonably make the required move.

RFU Regulation 13.2.11(g) allows the DOC to vary the strict application of ‘Lowest Total Mileage’ and nominate another Club for Level Transfer, “which would remove or reduce the significant disadvantage for the benefit of the game of rugby union football in the locality.”  The DOC have formed the view that this principle would be served if the burden of a Level Transfer is shared from one season to the next between clubs located close to each other.

It is stressed that by invoking 13.2.11(g) the DOC do not intend to comprehensively change the criteria laid down for selecting a Club(s) for Level Transfer, but if circumstances arise where a conflict, or a significant disadvantage to the Club selected arise, then the RFUNCC would remove that disadvantage by selecting another Club for Level Transfer.  


LEVEL TRANSFER REGULATIONS SEASON 2016-2017

 RFU 13.2.11 Level Transfers Regulations can be found at:
http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/32/10/28/RFURegulation132016-2017_English.pdf

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Other Senior Rugby / London Welsh
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:31:18 PM »
It is a long post, apologies.

RFU STATEMENT: LONDON WELSH
Issued by Rugby Football Union

Following the appointment of Liquidators in December 2016, a  temporary licence was granted by the RFU to London Welsh (via a “Phoenix Entity”) to enable participation in The Greene King IPA Championship. The licence expired on 21st January 2017. The conditions required by the RFU regulations to enable London Welsh to continue to participate in the competition following the expiry of the temporary licence have not been met - despite the RFU granting two extensions to deadlines - and, with regret, London Welsh will no longer be granted permission to play in The Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of this season and beyond.
This decision does not affect the position of London Welsh Amateur RFC, which will continue as a voting member of the RFU.
London Welsh Rugby Football Club Limited (“London Welsh”) went into liquidation on 23 December 2016 and accordingly its membership of the RFU ceased, with the liquidator confirming that London Welsh would not continue to fulfil its fixtures. 
On 21 December 2016, Rugby 1885 Limited (the “Phoenix Entity”) was granted a temporary licence to take the place of London Welsh in the Greene King IPA Championship for two matches on 24 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.  The temporary licence granted to the Phoenix Entity expired on 21 January 2017. 
The temporary licence was granted to allow those involved in the Phoenix Entity additional time to satisfy all the conditions required in RFU Regulation 5 which would allow the Phoenix Entity to take over the position of London Welsh in the Championship on a permanent basis. 
Click here to read RFU regulation 5 and the supporting appendix which lists the conditions the Phoenix Entity was required to fulfil.

The RFU gave the Phoenix Entity a deadline of 16 January 2017 to satisfy these conditions.
The RFU Board met on Tuesday 17 January 2017 to review this information and consider whether it satisfied the criteria set out in RFU Regulation 5.  On the basis of the information provided at that meeting, the Board could not conclude it was satisfied, but agreed to give the Phoenix Entity an extended deadline of 10am on Friday 20 January 2017 to provide the following additional information:
Payment of a bond and evidence of funds to pay all rugby creditors;
further clarity on the Phoenix Entity’s business plan;
a satisfactory governance structure to show separation between the Phoenix Entity and London Welsh Amateur RFC.
The Board met again on Friday 20 January 2017 to review the situation and considered all information provided by the Phoenix Entity.  The bond was not lodged by this time, and the RFU was not provided with evidence showing that there was cash immediately in place to pay the Rugby Creditors in full. The RFU granted a further, final extension to the deadline to satisfy the conditions of Regulation 5, but this deadline expired at 10 am today.
Therefore the RFU Board has concluded that the Phoenix Entity has not satisfied all conditions required and the Phoenix Entity will not be granted permission to participate in the Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of the season and beyond. 
RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett commented; “It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point, but with London Welsh in liquidation and unable to satisfy conditions to compete in The Greene King IPA Championship as a professional club, participation in the competition became untenable.  We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh, including players, staff and supporters, and the sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game.”
Joanna Manning-Cooper
Digital, Marketing & Communications Director
Rugby Football Union
+44 (0)7753 811353
jmc@rfu.com

Comments from BBC News web site

London Welsh have ceased to exist as a professional club after being refused permission to stay in the Championship by the Rugby Football Union.
The Exiles were granted a temporary licence on 22 December to play their last two league games after going into liquidation last month.
However, the RFU says the Old Deer Park club have not met the conditions required to extend that licence.
Welsh were formed in 1885, and produced 177 Wales internationals.
They were a Premiership side as recently as 2015, when they were based at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford but were relegated after losing all 22 games.
And the Richmond-based club, who had a winding-up order issued against them dismissed on Monday, were 11th in the Championship, having been deducted 20 points for going into liquidation.
Welsh had been hoping to complete the season as a phoenix entity, but they were unable to provide a bond to the RFU or show evidence they would be able to pay rugby creditors in full.
All their results will be expunged from the Championship, and there will be no relegation from the second tier this season.
RFU chairman Andy Cosslett said Welsh's place in the league was "untenable".
He added: "It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point.
"We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh. The sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game."

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Other Senior Rugby / Payment and Contracts
« on: September 30, 2016, 07:36:40 PM »
The Midlands have advised all their clubs about the necessity to contract players if the player is receiving a material benefit from playing rugby.

Not sure if the North are planning similar advice, but then again, perhaps it's not needed?

(Sorry the posting is a bit long)

Note - I have added the names of the two clubs who were caught out last season.


Letter from chairman of Midlands 1/9/16 – on North Midlands web site.

http://www.northmidsrfu.co.uk/important-information-payment-players-receipt-material-benefit/


Important information on payment of players and receipt of material benefit  The following letter has been sent to clubs by Paul Kaminski, chairman of the Midlands Division Organising Committee.

North Midlands have organised workshops on the subject in each of three Domestic Unions which clubs are strongly advised to attend.
The workshops will be held at: Malvern RFC on October 5, Birmingham Exiles on October 12 and Newport on October 19

Letter from Paul Kaminski:
Dear Rugby Colleague,
Please note that this is a letter sent to all clubs competing in the Midlands Division of the RFU English Clubs Rugby Union Championship. It should not be interpreted as an allegation or inference against any individual club, but rather as general advice to all clubs.

Most of you are probably aware that during the immediate past season, two clubs (one in the South East {MEDWAY} and one in the Midlands {BROMSGROVE}) were charged by the RFU with failing to contract players who had received payment and/or material benefit. In the case of the SE club there were also issues with relation to immigration and HMRC. This club was dealt with most severely, with the consequence that the club suffered relegation and some of its officers were suspended from involvement with rugby union. The Midlands club’s offences were relatively minor in comparison and confined to the contracting of players. Nevertheless, even in this case, the club will commence the coming season with a 5 points deduction and a further 20 points suspended.
With the above in mind, I can tell you that a check of the registration lists of Midlands clubs reveals that less than a handful (with fingers to spare!) show any contracted players. It is true that it can take some weeks for the RFU to approve contracts and therefore there may be some in the pipeline. However, it stretches credulity to believe that so few players in the Midlands at levels 5 and below receive any payment or material benefit. Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon the MDOC to remind clubs of their obligations in these matters.
1. Where the club registers overseas players, it is obliged to ensure that the Law regarding immigration and visas is fully complied with.
2. Where the club pays players or gives material benefit, even of a minor nature, this is subject to taxation and the requirements of HMRC must be fully met.
3. Where the club pays players or gives material benefit, even of a minor nature, such players must be in receipt of a written contract and that contract submitted to the RFU.
If a club has any doubt with regard to 1 and 2 above, it should seek professional advice. If a club has any doubt with regard to 3 above, advice can be sought from the RFU.
It is not the direct responsibility of the MDOC to police or pursue any of these matters. Nonetheless, should any potential breach or allegation be notified to the MDOC, it would be obliged to forward this to RFU Discipline for further investigation.
I have also been informed that RFU Discipline may be considering a more active role, perhaps selecting clubs at random or by using an intelligence led approach. Clubs need to be on guard in ensuring they are compliant and if not then acting with urgency to ensure compliance.
Please see below for a copy of the RFU rule regarding players’ contracts.
My apologies for the nature of this letter, but I am sure you will understand its intention.
Best wishes for the coming season,
Paul Kaminski
Chairman, MDOC.

Payments & Benefits to Players – Please refer more fully to the RFU Game Communication circulated 2 April 2016 of which the below is an extract.
The RFU has in place a number of Regulations that must be adhered to if a Player receives any Material Benefit for playing Rugby Union. The definition of Material Benefit is broad and includes:
“money, consideration, gifts or any other benefits whatsoever contracted, promised or given to a person or at his direction, but does not include reimbursement of proper expenses incurred for reasonable travel, accommodation, subsistence or other expenses
incurred in relation to the Game and as particularised in RFU Regulation 7.3.”
Therefore, if a Club (or other third party) pays a Material Benefit to any Player (whether playing in the community or professional game), there must be a contract in place with that Player (RFU Regulation 7.2) and the Player must be Effectively Registered
as a contracted Player (RFU Regulation 14.6.3) in accordance with the specific process set out for Contracted Players.
Clubs and Players are also reminded that there are certain legal requirements that must be followed if providing or receiving any Material Benefit, for example by complying with:
– Applicable immigration laws for players coming from abroad and/or not holding a
British passport.
– All tax requirements imposed by HMRC (such as PAYE, income tax payments, autoenrolment
etc.).
– Employment legislation.
– National minimum wage legislation.



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Other Senior Rugby / RFU Wages proposals
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:26:17 PM »

From yesterday's Rugby Paper.


RFU FACE UPROAR OVER WAGES CAP PROPOSALS

Controversial RFU plans to impose swingeing wage caps on clubs below the Championship from 2018-19 are set to meet widespread opposition, particularly from ambitious National League One sides with designs on promotion to Level 2.

The Rugby Paper can reveal that an RFU working party, headed by board member Malcolm Wharton and including representatives from three lower league clubs, England & Wales Cricket, UK Athletics, financial experts Ernst & Young and former England hooker Brian Moore, has concluded that expenditure levels within the community game are unsustainable.

Implementation proposals presented last week to the Community Game Board include limiting gross player payments, including all employment costs and benefits in kind, to £150,000 per club in National One, £100,000 in National Two and £50,000 in National Three, with a complete cessation of payments to players in Level 6 and below.

Wage caps are unenforceable in law, but any club failing to adhere to the stringent new regulations will lose RFU funding in relation to travel and will be disqualified from applying for RFU loans or grants for ground maintenance and facilities projects.

Clubs will be required to declare payments to players at the end of each season signed by four club officials – treasurer, chairman, secretary and president. These will be strictly audited and any club found to have declared incorrectly will face unlimited sanctions ranging from points deductions to relegation or suspension from playing.

The RFU’s proposal document, seen by The Rugby Paper, states: “The RFU has determined that payments for playing rugby in the community game are having a detrimental effect on the ethos of the game and the development of some clubs.

“Consequently it believes that there should be no payments for playing at Level 6 and below, with a guideline range for paying players between Levels 3 and 5, and associated measures for those who choose to pay more than the guideline amounts and who choose to pay anything at Level 6 and below.”

Some community clubs will welcome the changes, but limiting wages to £150,000 in National One could compromise sides like Coventry, Birmingham Moseley and Plymouth Albion who have ambitions of rejoining the professional ranks.

One National League club insider said: “It’s crazy. If you’re top of National One you might need to spend £400,000 to get into the Championship and put a squad together that will actually have a chance of surviving once you get there.

“Salary caps at our level won’t work and you’re effectively punishing teams for showing ambition. The bureaucracy will be a logistical nightmare and in the lower leagues you’ll be back to the days of brown envelopes, which is the last thing we want.”

The RFU proposals are set be agreed in principle by Council next month, with final approval expected in April 2017. Communication with clubs is planned to take place during 2017-18 ahead of implementation the following season.

END


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Other Senior Rugby / Structured Season 2015-16
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:32:31 PM »
Structured Season for 2015-16 has been issued.




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North One / North Play off results
« on: April 25, 2015, 05:41:00 PM »


North Play off results

From RFU web site
http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/northern-division/2014-2015/group/18277


Saturday 25th April

Ashton-Under-Lyne   17 - 5 Workington   Cumbria v N Lancs 1
Kirkby Lonsdale           29 - 35 Sheffield      N1W v N1E

Leigh                 34 - 26 Liverpool SH   NL/C v SL/C
Morpeth              14 - 11 Malton & N     Y 1 v N/D 1

Sandal         20 - 10 Hinckley      N3N v N3M

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Other Senior Rugby / Adult Competition Review - Update March 9
« on: March 09, 2015, 11:59:53 PM »
Latest update from the RFU. Issued today to distribution list as stated.
(Sorry if problems with table presentation)
Note this affects 2016-2017 - NOT next season.
Arrangements for the transition have still to be announced.

Distribution List, Pre-Send:
Council Members and Board of Directors
Distribution List, Send Out:
CB Chairmen
CB Honorary Secretaries
CB Honorary Treasurers
Club Honorary Secretaries
Club Honorary Treasurers
University & College Club Honorary Secretaries
Referee Society & Federation Honorary Secretaries
Divisional Organising Committees
League Organisers
RFU Staff
9th March - Supplement
For Information
Adult Competition Review – Update
The recommendations of the Adult Competition Review Group were adopted by the RFU
Council in June 2014 and an Implementation Group was established to make the changes.
The Review established five key principles, one of which is to provide a varied diet of rugby,
in other words a mix of league and meaningful cup competition. The Review recommended
that additional financial support should be provided to help clubs participate in cup rugby.
This Update focuses on the arrangements for cup competitions and should be read in
conjunction with the previous two updates issued in November and January.
The RFU Council’s decision to agree and adopt the recommendation for cups included the
provision of financial support for participation. This is set out in detail below and will come
into effect in season 2016/17. The RFU’s Governance Standing Committee is developing
regulations governing both league and cup competitions to include consideration of
implications for those teams not fulfilling fixtures.
All the cup competitions will have RFU marketing support with the intention that they
become not just an integral and enjoyable part of the season, but also aspirational
competitions for all clubs, with the prospect of playing at Twickenham. The name used for
each cup competition is a working title only at this stage, with further announcements to be
made. The structure of the season is also important to help clubs plan, to ensure continuity of
home fixtures for revenue generation and to have no gaps in the season, other than those
weekends set aside for rest and recovery or reserved for weather postponements. The
illustrative structured season below shows how that will work.
Illustrative Structured Season
Below and attached is an illustrative Structured Season. Please note: this should not be taken
as the final dates for 2016/17. These will be set before that season. The detail will vary season
to season but the principle of the structure will remain. Where pools of 3 operate in a cup, each team will have 1 rest weekend within the pool. This ensures the required rests identified in the Adult Competition Review.
For Levels 7 and below, the number of weekends required for cup competitions will depend upon the number of entries and the format adopted by the Divisional Organising Committee (pool or knockout). Similarly the number of weeks required for the league will depend on the size of the league (maximum of 12).
The consolidated summary of league and cup competitions for 2016/17 together with transition arrangements will be published as previously announced in good time for the 2015/16 season.

LEVEL 5
It is intended that entry to the Level 5 Cup will be a condition of entry to the RFU league at Level 5 (Governance Standing Committee will look at this as they develop regulations). The Cup will consist of 32 pools of 3, with clubs placed in a pool with clubs outside of their league with the intention of facilitating one home and one away fixture for all clubs at the pool stage.
All clubs will progress to a knockout stage guaranteeing them one additional fixture – the pool winners progressing to the CUP, second place to the SHIELD and third place to the BOWL. This means that 50% of clubs will have another home fixture at this stage which will equal the number of home fixtures currently in a 14 club league. For those drawn away in the knockout phase the aspiration will be to ensure a home fixture in the following season hence giving all clubs at least three home cup fixtures over two seasons.
Pools will be drawn and published at the same time as the league fixtures are determined (15th June), enabling clubs to sell sponsorship and promote cup fixtures as part of their match programme for the season. Dates for knockout stages will be built into the published season structure.
Winners in the first round of each knockout competition progress to the final 16, winners of those games on to quarter finals, winners of those on to semi-finals and ultimately resulting in three finals. The CUP final will be played at Twickenham with the SHIELD and the BOWL
played at prestige venues on the same day/weekend.
Travel costs will be paid in bandings based on round trips:
50-100 miles - £200
100-250 miles - £400
250 plus miles - £600
Accommodation funding based on the existing RFU schedule will be available for journeys in excess of 450 miles return in the quarter finals, semi-finals and final.
Participation funding will be paid to each participating club based on completion of the two pool matches and the knockout game. Any club that fails to fulfil a match will not receive any participation funding. Further participation funding will be paid based on progression:

                                        CUP SHIELD BOWL
Fulfilling all pool matches
& 1st knockout match         £1500 £1500 £1500
Knocked out in last 16 match £800 £700 £600
Knocked out in quarter final £1000 £900 £800
Knocked out in semi final   £1500 £1250 £1000
Reaching final                    £2500 £2000 £1500

LEVEL 6
Entry to the Level 6 Cup will be voluntary. Assuming 100% entries, the Cup will consist of 64 pools of 3, with clubs placed in a pool with clubs outside of their league with the intention of facilitating one home and one away fixture for all clubs at the pool stage.
All clubs will progress to a knockout stage guaranteeing them one additional fixture – the pool winners progressing to the CUP, second place to the SHIELD and third place to the BOWL. This means that 50% of clubs will have another home cup fixture at this stage which will equal the number of home fixtures currently in a 14 club league. For those drawn away in the knockout phase every effort will be made to ensure a home fixture in the following season hence giving all clubs at least three home cup fixtures over two seasons.
Pools will be drawn and published at the same time as the league fixtures are determined (15th June), enabling clubs to sell sponsorship and promote cup fixtures as part of their match programme for the season. Dates for knockout stages will be built into the published season structure.
Winners in the first round of each knockout competition progress to the final 32, winners of those games on to the final 16, winners of those games on to quarter finals, winners of those on to semi-finals and ultimately resulting in three finals. The CUP final will be played at Twickenham with the SHIELD and the BOWL played at prestige venues on the same day/weekend.
Travel costs will be paid in bandings based on round trips:
50-100 miles - £200
100-250 miles - £400
250 plus miles - £600
Accommodation funding based on the existing RFU schedule will be available for journeys in excess of 450 miles return in the quarter finals, semi-finals and final.
Participation funding will be paid to each participating club based on completion of the two pool matches and knockout game. Any club that fails to fulfil a match will not receive any participation funding. Further participation funding will be paid based on progression:
                                         CUP SHIELD BOWL
Fulfilling both pool matches
and first knockout match     £1000 £1000 £1000
Knocked out in last 32 match £500 £400   £300
Knocked out in last 16 match £700 £600   £500
Knocked out in quarter final  £900 £800   £700
Knocked out in semi final      £1400 £1200 £1000
Reaching final                     £2400 1800  £1500
As an illustration, a club that fulfils all their matches and is knocked out in the last 16 of the Cup receives participation funding totalling £1,700 (£1,000 + £700) in addition to travel payments. A club reaching the Cup final will receive a total of £3,400 in addition to travel.

LEVEL 7/8
Entry to the Level 7/8 Cup will be optional for those teams playing in RFU leagues. Clubs will need to enter by 1st May.
Each Divisional Organising Committee will determine the format to be used for the early stages of the competition to best meet the needs of the participating teams. This could be either a pool or waterfall knockout competition which feeds teams into a national knockout phase with a Cup and a Shield. Teams needing to be given a bye at any point due to uneven numbers will still receive participation funding as if they had completed their matches.
The first round draw/pools (as applicable) will be published at the same time as the league fixtures are published, enabling clubs to sell sponsorship and promote cup fixtures as part of their match programme for the season. Dates for further knockout stages will be built into the published season structure.
The CUP final will be played at Twickenham with the SHIELD played at a prestige venue on the same day/weekend.
Travel costs will be paid in bandings based on round trips:
50-100 miles - £200
100-250 miles - £400
250 plus miles - £600
Accommodation funding based on the existing RFU schedule will be available for journeys in excess of 450 miles return in the quarter finals, semi-finals and final.
Participation funding will be paid to each participating club based on completion of matches and the point at which they exit the competition. Any club that fails to fulfil a match will not receive any participation funding.
The below is an example of a straight knockout waterfall competition with all teams entering. Where pool stages are used instead the same amount of participation funding will be distributed according to the number of teams entering:
                                                 CUP SHIELD
Lose in Round 1 and knocked
out in Round One of Shield              £500 
Knocked out in Round 2              £600  £600
Knocked out in Round 3              £700  £700
Knocked out in Round 4              £800  £800
Knocked out in Round 5              £900  £900
Knocked out in Round 6              £1000    -
Knocked out in Quarter Final      £1500 £1000
Knocked out in Semi Final          £2000  £1500
Reaching Final                           £2500  £2000

LEVEL 9/10
Entry to the Level 9/10 Cup will be optional for those teams playing in RFU leagues. Clubs will need to enter by 1st May.
Each Divisional Organising Committee will determine the format to be used for the early stages of the competition to best meet the needs of the participating teams. This could be either a pool or waterfall knockout competition which feeds teams into a national knockout phase with a Cup and Shield. Teams needing to be given a bye at any point due to uneven numbers will still receive participation funding as if they had completed their matches.
The first round draw/pools (as applicable) will be published at the same time as the league fixtures are published, enabling clubs to sell sponsorship and promote cup fixtures as part of their match programme for the season. Dates for further knockout stages will be built into the published season structure.
The CUP final will be played at Twickenham with the SHIELD played at a prestige venue on the same day/weekend.
Travel costs will be paid in bandings based on round trips:
50-100 miles - £200
100-250 miles - £400
250 plus miles - £600
Accommodation funding based on the existing RFU schedule will be available for journeys in excess of 450 miles return in the quarter finals, semi-finals and final.
Participation funding will be paid to each participating club based on completion of matches and the point at which they exit the competition. Any club that fails to fulfil a match will not receive any participation funding.
The below is an example of a straight knockout waterfall competition with all teams entering. Where pool stages are used instead the same amount of participation funding will be distributed according to the number of teams entering:

                                         CUP  SHIELD
Lose in Round 1 & knocked
out in Round One of Shield   -     £300
Knocked out in Round 2      £400 £400
Knocked out in Round 3      £500  £600
Knocked out in Round 4      £600  £700
Knocked out in Round 5      £700    -
Knocked out in Quarter Final £1000  £900
Knocked out in Semi Final   £1250  £1000
Reaching Final                   £1500  £1200

As an illustration, a club that fulfils all their matches and is knocked out in the last 16 of the Cup receives participation funding totalling £2,300 (£1,500 + £800) in addition to travel payments. A club reaching the Cup final will receive a total of £4,000 in addition to travel.

 
 No information about promotion or relegation

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Mini & Junior Rugby / Drinking Games
« on: February 20, 2015, 06:30:54 PM »
Twickenham advice about this unacceptable habit creeping into Junior Rugby.


Email from
John Sheppard
CB Safeguarding Manager Yorkshire RFU Ltd.


The Safeguarding Department at Twickenham contacted me regarding a complaint that they received yesterday (19th) morning.

In a telephone call to the RFU, a concerned parent whose son is playing rugby in Yorkshire reported that drinking games were being played after age grade matches at various clubs through the county. The complainant did not want to give a statement or full details but when pushed by Twickenham did name some specific clubs. I have been in touch with those clubs and asked them to provide me with a response to such allegations.

The parent claimed that it is not just these clubs, however, and states that if you walk into any of the clubhouses on a Sunday after the matches, then this is a scene you would readily witness. It is his opinion that the drinks being used were alcoholic drinks.

This issue is covered on the Play it Safe course and does generate quite a bit of discussion but the RFU Policy on this is clear :

 An adult giving alcohol to players is always unacceptable -young players must not be allowed to drink alcohol if they are under 18 years of age.
A coach encouraging drinking games (even if using soft drinks) is unacceptable - the substitution of soft drinks does not make this practice acceptable as it continues to endorse a drinking culture associated with rugby.

May I ask all clubs to be aware of RFU policy and watch carefully what goes on in their clubhouse -including what away sides and parents may get up to. A number of clubs have reported problems with touring clubs from outside Yorkshire.

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Other Senior Rugby / Changes for 2016-17
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:41:32 PM »
Topic copied from "Rolling Maul" forum.

The piece is based on information distributed by the Midland Division Organising Committee, but I would expect the North to be similar.
There is no information on how the transition from the league structure in 2014-15 to the new structure in 2015-16 will be made.
The expectation is that there will be reduced relegation rather than increased promotion to fill the extra spaces created.

Any one any definite news from North?


A potted version of an update sent to Midlands Clubs from the Midlands Division Organising Committee (MDOC). Answers a few questions about how promotion/relegation and cups are going to work:


At the Council Meeting of the Rugby Football Union held on Wednesday 4th June 2014 the report of the Adult Competition Review was accepted and its recommendations adopted for introduction to the game in England commencing in season 2016-2017. This season and next season 2015-2016 will see no change in the format of the league and cups. During season 2015-2016 all clubs will be playing to establish their place in the revised leagues.

Levels 3 and 4 (National 1 and National 2 North and South) are the responsibility of the NCA and do not concern MDOC, other than the Midlands level 5 (Nat 3 Midlands) will have to feed into three level 4 leagues instead of the current 2.

Level 5 will consist of 8 leagues nationally, (replacing the current 4) of which 2 will be in the Midlands. Each league will consist of 12 clubs, rather than the current 14 clubs. This will mean a reduction of league fixtures from the current 26 to 22. However, level 5 will re-gain its National Cup (see below). Each season, 1 club will be promoted from each level 5 league and 8 clubs relegated from the 3 level 4 leagues. The 13th placed, level 4 club with the Best Playing Record will be saved from relegation.

Level 6 will consist of 16 leagues nationally, of which 4 will be in the Midlands. Each league will consist of 12 clubs, rather than the current 14 clubs. As with level 5, level 6 will re-gain its National Cup. Each season, 1 club from each of the 16 level 6 leagues will receive automatic promotion. The 2nd placed clubs will play off for a further 8 promotion places. The lowest placed 3 clubs in each level 5 league will be relegated.

Levels 7, 8 and 9 will not change and will have 4 leagues at each level in the Midlands. 12 clubs in each league. There will be 2 up and 2 down in each league including up into level 6.

At Level 5 all 96 Clubs in the country will be entered into a new RFU KO Cup Competition (compulsory entry) which will be organised from Twickenham. In the initial stage of this Competition, all clubs will play in pools of three, made up of clubs not in the same RFU League. This will give each club one game at home, one away and one free Saturday, before they proceed to three separate KO competitions. These will be for the pool winners - ‘The Cup’, for the runners up - ‘The Plate’, and for the clubs in third place - ‘The Vase’.

RFU KO Cup Competitions at Level 6 – the ‘Intermediate Cup’, Level 7 – the ‘Senior Vase’, and Levels 8 and below – the ‘Junior Vase’, are all retained. However, it is possible that these competitions will eventually be given new titles. Only those clubs which indicate they wish to take part will be entered (voluntary entry).

The Midlands Division Organising Committee requires a response from clubs to decide the future format of these three RFU KO Cup competitions for levels 6,7 and 8 in the Midlands,
Option A – clubs to play in pools of three with winners and runners up in each pool to continue into straight forward Cup and Plate knockout competitions. Third place team is out.
Option B – a straightforward knockout Cup competition but with an extra ‘Plate’ competition for preliminary round and first round losers so that everyone gets a second chance.
Option C – a straight forward knockout competition.

Only the main Competition Finals will be at Twickenham. The extra ‘Plate’ Finals and extra ‘Vase’ Final at Level 5 will be held at the clubs drawn at Home.

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