1.     FORWARD

2.     COMPETITION FORMAT

3.     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.     PLAYER ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

 5      GROUND AND HOSTING REQUIREMENTS

6      DISPENSATIONS

7.     TEAM & PLAYER NUMBERS

8.     GAME ON

9.     CHANGE OF FIXTURE

10.   DEFAULTS

11.   TEAM SHEETS

12.   SERIOUS INJURY REPORTING

13. COMPETITION POINTS, COMPETITION TABLES & DETERMINING WINNERS IN PLAYOFF AND FINALS MATCHES

14.   DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

15. COMPETITION RULES BREACH PROCESS

16. MISCELLANEOUS COMPETITION RULES

       16.1      REFEREE MATCH REPORTS

       16.2      REFEREE INSPECTION

       16.3      ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

       16.4      MATCH BALLS

       16.5      CLASH OF JERSEY COLOUR

       16.6      BLUE CARD CONCUSSION

       16.7      NIGHT GAMES

       16.8      LIGHTNING SAFETY

       16.9      ABSENCE OF REFEREE

       16.10    HAKA PROTOCOL

17. APPENDICES

15. COMPETITION RULES BREACH PROCESS

15.1 While the Disciplinary Rules (The Black Book) is designed to deal with red cards, yellow cards, matches called off and acts of misconduct, alleged breaches of the competition rules are dealt with by the relevant competition committee under these competition rules.  The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s role is to provide the framework around how competition rule breaches are resolved and to deal with any appeals to competition committee decisions.


15.2 Where any of the competition rules are alleged to have been breached by any participant (player, coach, manager, administrator, referee) team, club or school, the following process is to be followed:

15.2.1: For all fixtures in any round robin, team lists must be officially submitted on the MyRugby App before kickoff in the relevant fixture.

15.2.2: All complaints and protests are to be submitted using the online “Report of Competition Rule Breach” within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the match concerned by a boni fide representative of a club or school team.

15.2.3:  Upon receipt of a correctly completed report of competition rule breach, BOPRU Management will determine what competition the rule breach has occurred in.

             15.2.3.1:  Non BOPRU Organised Competition:

                                                   BOPRU management refers the complaint to the relevant competitions committee                                                     who will arrange a mediation meeting between the two (2) parties involved in the                                                         complaint.  Should the mediation meeting be successful in resolving the                                                                       complaint to the satisfaction of both parties then no further action                                                                                 needed.

                                                   15.2.3.1.1: If the mediation meeting is unsuccessful and if the complainant wishes                                                                         to have a formal hearing then he/she can do so in writing to the                                                                                       relevant competitions committee within seven (7) days after the date of                                                                         the mediation meeting and be accompanied with a bond set by the                                                                                 respective competition committee.

                                                   15.2.3.1.2:  If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the relevant                                                                                       competitions committee, then they follow the process as set down in                                                                             rule 14.7.1.

                                 15.2.3.2:  BOPRU Organised Competition:

                                                  BOPRU SCWG organises a mediation meeting  between the two (2) parties                                                                    involved in the complaint.  Should the mediation meeting be successful in resolving                                                    the complaint to the satisfaction of both parties then no further action needed.

                                                  15.2.3.2.1:  If the mediation meeting is unsuccessful and if the complainant wishes                                                                         to have a formal hearing then he/she can do so in writing to the Bay of                                                                           Plenty Rugby Union within seven (7) days after the date of the                                                                                         mediation meeting and be accompanied with a $500.00 bond.

                                                   15.2.3.2.2:  The hearing request letter and documentation will be provided to the                                                                            Competitions and Emergency Committee who upon receipt will review                                                                          the contents and advise the author as to whether there are valid                                                                                    grounds for a hearing and any next steps.

                                                    15.2.3.2.3:  If the player/person wishes to appeal the decision of the Competitions                                                                          and Emergency Committee, they simply follow the process as set down                                                                          in rule 14.7.

15.2.4:  All complaints and protests are to be submitted using the online “Report of Competition Rule Breach” within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the match concerned.

15.2.5:  All relevant information must be provided at the time of the complaint.

15.2.6:  Upon receipt of a correctly completed report of competition rule breach the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union will refer the complaint to the relevant competitions committee who will arrange for a mediation meeting to be held between the two parties and a committee representative.  The purpose of this meeting is to resolve the matter without any formal hearing being held.

15.2.7:  Should this mediation meeting be successful in resolving the complaint to the satisfaction of both parties, then no further action need be taken.

15.2.8:  A competitions committee may make any decisions regarding the complaint as they see fit, including but not limited to:

15.1.8.1:    Written warning

15.1.8.2:    Loss of competition points

15.1.8.3:    Suspension of participant/s from matches

15.1.8.4:    A club/school’s loss of hosting home games rights

15.1.8.5:    Removal of a team from a competition

15.1.8.6:    A fine, and/or reimbursement of reasonable match day expenses incurred

15.2.9:  If the player/person/team wishes to appeal the decision of the relevant competitions or dispensations committee, he/she can do so in writing to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union within seven (7) days after the date on which the written decision was issued and be accompanied with a $250.00 appeals bond. This is to be deposited into the following bank account: Account Name: Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Incorporated. Account Number: 020466-0329270-00. ​​​​​​​

15.2.9.1:    The appeal must include proof of payment of the $250.00 bond and details explaining the grounds for the appeal.

15.2.9.2:    The appeal letter and documentation will be provided to the Competitions and Emergency Committee who upon receipt will review the contents and advise the author as to whether there are valid grounds for an appeal and the next steps, which may include attending a Competitions and Emergency Committee Hearing.

15.2.9.3:    The $250 bond will be:

15.1.9.3.1:   Retained if your appeal is unsuccessful, or

15.1.9.3.2:   Return if your appeal is successful, or

15.1.9.3.3:   Part returned if your appeal is part successful.

15.2.10:     The Competitions and Emergency Committee Hearing may:

15.1.10.1:     Overturn the competition committee decision, or

15.1.10.2:     Uphold the competition committee decision and

15.1.10.3:     Add to, or reduce the original sanction/s or keep it the same.

15.2.11:     If the player/person wishes to appeal the decision of the Competitions and Emergency Committee, they simply follow the process as set down in rule 14.7.

15.2.12:     Any decision of the Appeals Committee is final.  There are no further avenues of appeal.

15.3:  The team list must identify how many players the team will be fielding in the match along with the designated front rowers.

15.4:  Teams must follow section 11.1 Before the match, if both teams undertake section 11.1.5 then 11.1.6 shall come into effect.