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Rules & Regulations

Schools Rugby

Playing Enclosure and Technical Zones

  • The playing enclosure shall be defined preferably by a fence, if not by ropes.
  • If there is a stand, seats shall be made available for replacements.
  • Two technical zones shall be designated, both on the same side of the pitch, clearly marked in white paint.
    – Each nine metres long and three metres wide and not less than two metres from the touchline, one on either side of the halfway line, in which benches shall be placed and a zone shall be allocated to each team.
  • The attendants and replacements shall remain seated within their zone.
  • The referee has the authority to order them out of the playing enclosure if they fail to adhere to this requirement.
  • Ball boys and a limited number of press photographers may also be permitted inside the enclosure.
  • Replacements and substitutes shall enter the field of play from the technical zones and be introduced by the replacement touch-judge.
  • Each team shall nominate to the referee its medical officer, team attendant / physiotherapist and coach.
  • A maximum of three people are permitted in the technical zone in addition to the nominated replacements.
  • The coach cannot act as team attendant who is the only person permitted on the field during the match, and only to attend to an injured player with the exception of 9.23.6 below.
  • Players requiring water or drinks must come to the touch line.
  • Each team shall nominate its medical officer who is permitted to attend an injured player when required.
  • Coaches are precluded from entering the playing enclosure (excluding the technical zone) during the course of a match except at half time when the coach may come on to the field to speak to his team.

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