RULES & REGULATIONS

RUGBYTEN

Rugby 10s is a tournament introduced by COBRA Rugby Club Malaysia back in 1967. Played ten-a-side, it is a variation of the Rugby 7s formation but more closely related to the Rugby 15s format that is typically played with 5 forwards and 5 backs. Rugby 10s has grown from a local tournament to a prestigious international tournament that has been represented by more than 40 nations since its inception.

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TOURNAMENT RULES

1CompetitionFormat
  • a) The tournament will be a sixteen (16) team event.
  • b) The teams will be divided into four (4) groups of four (4) teams each.
  • c)
    • (i) Teams in the respective groups will play a round-robin format within their groups. Each team shall play three (3) matches against teams in their groups.
    • (ii) If two (2) or more teams in the same group finish with the same number of points, the following shall determine the placing in the group:
      • The team with the greater point difference (points for less, points against) shall be declared the winner.
      • If a decision is still not reached, then the total points derived through tries, goals and penalties by each team shall be considered, priority being given in that order. Hence the team that scored more of its points through tries shall be declared the winner over a team that scored less tries. If there should be a further tie, then the number of goals shall be considered and so on, in the stated order.
      • If a decision is still not reached, the qualifying order shall be determined by the drawing of lots.
    • (iii) If any team gives a walkover in the Group matches, all their games will be deemed null and void. They will be placed 4th in their group irrespective of the results of their other matches.
  • d) Quarter-Final Round
    • (i) The two (2) top teams in each group will advance to the Quarter–Finals for the Cup pool. The teams will play on a cross-over basis as determined by the draw.
    • (ii) The bottom two (2) teams in each group will proceed to the Quarter–Finals for the Bowl pool. The teams will also play on a cross-over basis as determined by the draw.
  • e)
    • (i) The winners of the Cup pool Quarter–Finals will advance to the semi-finals of the CUP Championship.
    • (ii) The losers of the Cup pool Quarter–Finals will proceed to the semi-finals of the PLATE Championship.
    • (iii) The winners of the Bowl Quarter–Finals will advance to the semi--finals of the BOWL Championship.
    • (iv) The losers of the Bowl Quarter–Finals are eliminated from the tournament.
  • f) Finals. Winners of all of the semi-finals will advance to the finals of their respective pools.
2Registration
  • a) All teams are to submit their Team Registration Form comprising the final list of fourteen (14) players in their squad and their officials to the Tournament Director at the Manager’s Meeting on 10th November 2017
  • b) All Team Managers must personally register their team, with the full names of their players as in Rule 2 (a) above.
  • c) Any late entries and proposed registration after the official registration deadline as in Rule 2 (a) will not be entertained, unless with prior consent of the Tournament Director.
  • d) All teams must register a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of fourteen (14) players upon submission of their team playing lists. No additional registration, transfer, replacement or change of team members will be permitted after the close of registration as in Rule 2 (a) above.
3Penalties
  • a) Any team that plays with an unregistered player at any time during the Tournament shall forfeit their game.
  • b) Any team that fields less than eight (8) players at the commencement of their scheduled game shall forfeit that game.
4ReportingTimes
  • a) All teams must be at the field-side five (5) minutes before the scheduled kick-off of each of their games.
  • b) Any team that does not field a complete team as in Rule (3)(b) above, five (5) minutes after scheduled kick-off, will forfeit their game, provided their opposing team is on the field.
  • c) If both opposing teams fail to report to the Referee on the field of play five (5) minutes after the scheduled kick-off, both teams will forfeit their game.
5Replacements
  • a) Rolling substitutions are allowed at any time during a game
  • b) The substitute player must report to the match official at the half way line and the player to be replaced must leave the field and report to the match official before the substitute player is released onto the field.
6PlayingTime
  • a) All matches except the Category Cup Finals shall be played in two (2) halves of ten (10) minutes each way with a two (2) minute interval between halves. The Category Cup Finals will be played in two (2) halves of fifteen (15) minutes each way with a three (3) minute interval between halves.
  • b) Preliminary Round. - The preliminary round will be played on a round-robin basis. The score will stand at the end of regulation time. There will be no extra time for matches ending in a draw
  • c) Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final Rounds
    • (i) All matches at these stages will be played on a knock-out basis. Should a match result in a draw at the end of regulation time, extra time will be played
    • (ii) Such extra time shall consist of periods of five (5) minutes “sudden death” play-off. There will be no break in between the periods and teams will change ends immediately. The team which first kicked-off the match will do so again in the extra-time.
    • (iii) The “sudden-death” rule shall apply as follows. The first team to score points during extra time will be declared the winner and the game will end.
7Awarding of Points -Preliminary Round
  • a) Points will be awarded as follows:
    • (i) WIN - Four (4) Points
    • (ii) DRAW - Two (2) Point
    • (iii) WALKOVER - Four (4) Points with a score of 28-0
    • (iv) LOSS - Zero (0) Points
    • (v) FORFEIT- Zero (0) Points
8Abandonment OfMatches
  • a) In the event playing conditions are determined to be as dangerous to players the Referee may decide to abandon a match. The Referee shall also determine when an abandoned match can be resumed. When a match has been abandoned and cannot be resumed the following rules shall apply:
    • (i) Pool Matches.
      Where a pool Match has been abandoned either at half-time or at any time in the second half the result and any points and tries scored by each team in the match shall stand.

      Where a pool Match has been abandoned during the first half the result shall be declared a draw.

      Where a pool Match has been declared a draw then for that Match each Team will be awarded two Match points and any points and tries scored will count towards the total points and tries scored by each Team in all their pool matches
    • (ii) Knock-Out matches.
      Where a Match has been abandoned either at half time or at any time in the second half the result shall stand. If both Teams are tied then the Team having scored the most tournament points during pool stage shall be declared the winner. If this does not produce a winner then the team which has scored the most tries at the pool stage shall be declared the winner. It this still does not produce a winner, then the matter will be decided by the toss of a coin by the referee.

      If a Match has been abandoned during the first half the match shall be declared a draw. The Team having scored the most tournament points during the pool stage shall be declared the winner. If this does not produce a winner then the team, which has scored the most tries at the pool stage, shall be declared the winner. It this still does not produce a winner then the matter will be decided by the toss of a coin by the referee.
  • b) If due to bad weather, matches cannot be completed by 7.00pm on Day One, a meeting of the affected Team Managers will be called.

    The outcome of the remaining matches will be decided by the toss of a coin. The team that wins the toss will be awarded victory with a score of 5-0.(One Try)
9Official Playing Rules
  • a) The Tournament By-Laws are based on the International Rugby Board (IRB) By-Laws with seven-a-side variations of the game as adopted by the Malaysian Rugby Union. These by-laws will apply throughout the tournament, except the following: -
    • (i) Number of Players. Each side shall comprise 10 players selected from a team of a maximum of 14 players who must be registered before the start of play
    • (ii) Scrum. Five players from each team shall be required to form a scrum
    • (iii) Sin Bin: If a player is sent to the "Sin - Bin" by the referee he must proceed immediately to the designated position at the Referees' Control Stand. He must remain stationary there for a period of two (2) minutes. Only the referee may authorise a return to play after a "Sin - Bin" period and only at the next stoppage
10Technical Zone Protocol
  • a) The Technical Zone Protocol as introduced by the IRB in May 2006 will be implemented during this Tournament
    • i) During a game, other than the team’s registered players, each participating team is allowed four (4) representatives including two (2) water carriers operating from their Technical Zone.
    • ii) No additional personnel are allowed in the Technical Zone
    • iii) The medical personnel in the Technical Zone may enter the field of play in accordance with the Rules at any time a player is injured
    • iv) Water carriers may only take water onto the field during stoppages in play for injuries in the playing area and when a try has been scored and at no other times
    • v) Water carriers must remain in the Technical Zone except when providing water as detailed above
    • vi) Water bottles must not be thrown onto the field
    • vii) The fourth official will manage the Technical Zone and will report any indiscretion to the match referee. The match referee may caution the offender or expel them from the Technical Zone. Any offender may be reported to the Disciplinary Committee for investigation and further action
    • viii) Replacement players and all other team officials other than those in the Technical Zone must remain seated on the replacement bench
    • ix) Replacement players are only allowed to warm up before they enter the field in a designated place set further back from the field of play than the replacement bench
11"Home" & "Away" Teams
  • a) The “Home Team” is the first mentioned team for each match. In the event of a clash of jersey colours the "Home" team shall have to change its jerseys to a set of acceptable colour.
12Protests
  • a) All protests must be submitted in writing through Team Managers to the Tournament Director within twenty (20) minutes of the end of the game during which the matter of the protest occurred. Verbal protests will not be entertained. A protest must be submitted together with a deposit of RM 200. The deposit will be returned if the protest is upheld. Should the protest be overruled, the deposit will be forfeited.
13Appeal & Disciplinary Committee
  • a) This Committee shall hear all appeals and decide on disciplinary action for the duration of the Tournament
  • b) Players or Team Officials reported for misconduct or sent off the field shall have their cases considered as soon as possible by the Committee
  • c) Any player who is sent off the field shall be automatically suspended for one (1) game and the Committee shall determine his further participation in the Tournament
  • d) Any player who receives more than two (2) Yellow cards in the Tournament shall be automatically suspended for the subsequent game. The Committee shall determine his further participation in the tournament
  • e) The quorum for the meeting of this Committee shall be three (3) members. Disciplinary action taken by the Committee shall only apply for the duration of the Tournament. The Committee shall report the actions taken to relevant bodies for any further review.
14Interpretation of Tournament Rules
  • a) The Organising Committee reserves the right of interpretation in the case of doubts arising from the wording of any rule. It shall also have the right to decide on any situation that is not covered by the rules and such decision shall be final.
15Trophy Ownership and Responsibility
  • a) The Hui Weng Choon Trophy (Tournament Trophy) remains the property of COBRA and cannot be won outright
  • b) The winning team shall receive the Trophy and a replica, but will have to return the Trophy to the Organising Committee before they depart for home.

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