Competition Regulations and Laws
To ensure the smooth running of the Game, and fair competition, laws, rules and regulations are in place to cover every level of rugby .
There are three sets of complimentary regulations relevant for the game in London and the South-East of England: the Laws of the Game, worldwide standards set by the International Rugby Board (IRB): specific playing regulations for England drawn up and administered by the RFU; and Administrative Instructions issued by the London and SE Competitions Divisional Organising Committee (DOC).
The LSE DOC has written clarifying notes to help you understand the RFU Playing Regulations; click on the links to download the relevant documents.
Notice 1 - Appeals A club has the right to lodge a complaint about alleged breaches of regulation or dispute, or appeal against any ruling made by their league secretary or the DOC.
Notice 2 - Fines The DOC may apply financial penalties for breaching playing regulations.
Notice 3 - Next Available Weekends Where a game is cancelled or abandoned the League Secretary will usually order it to be replayed, in which case it will be scheduled for the "next available weekend".
Notice 5 - Kick Off Times Unless otherwise mutually agreed, league games must kick-off between 2 and 3 pm on a Saturday, the actual times delineated by the time of year or a club's 'usual' ko time if formally agreed with the DOC.
Notice 6 - Match Sheets How to complete and submit your Match Result Sheet.
Notice 7 - Player Registration To play in RFU league games players must be properly registered with their clubs, although certain exceptions may apply at levels 9 and below.
Notice 8 - Points Deductions The London DOC policy on points deductions.
Notice 9 - Accuracy of information The DOC needs certain information to be accurate and up-to-date: players are only registered for a club if they appear on Rugby 1st's list as available online or by post; a club's nominated league contact must be notified direct to the Divisional Secretary; the results service must have a telephone number to call if they have not been notified of a result by a home team.
Notice 10 - Postponements If a club needs to postpone a game they must do so through their league secretary as the first point of contact; there is a procedure which must be followed to avoid sanction.
Notice 11 - Results Reporting It is the responsibility of the Home team to report the result of a game by telephone before 5.30pm on the Saturday the game takes place. Failure to do so will result in a fine.