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Query Regarding player eligibility

Postby lummix » September 26th, 2008, 9:39 am

What are the rules regarding player eligibility for overseas players. As many EU players as you like, 1 overseas and 1 pacific islander, Its the pacific islander rule im interested in. Anyone know where i can get the info about this?
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Re: Query Regarding player eligibility

Postby silly punt » September 26th, 2008, 10:05 am

lummix wrote:What are the rules regarding player eligibility for overseas players. As many EU players as you like, 1 overseas and 1 pacific islander, Its the pacific islander rule im interested in. Anyone know where i can get the info about this?


You will get the rule inthe IRFU handbook, which if you don't have one you will find it on irishrugby.ie, in the club & community section, if you then click on the AIB league you will find it there. Below is a copy of the relevant section.



9.14 Player Registration and Eligibility
9.14.1 Registration of Eligible Players
9.14.1.1 On or before 1st June in any year, each Club playing in the League and Cup
shall submit to the Union a list of its eligible playing members who are
registered with the appropriate Branch, complete with registration numbers.
A person may be registered as a playing member with one Club only.
9.14.1.2 This list may be amended up to 1st October to add:
(i) players entering adult rugby having attained the age of 18 years
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(ii) players enrolling in Universities and joining University Clubs
(iii) players leaving a European University / College at the completion of
their course of studies
(iv) players transferring from one Club to another Club with the written
consent of the former Club.
(v) players transferring from another union who have played rugby for
Ireland or the Exiles at any level .
(vi) players whose primary place of residence is Ireland and who travel
abroad for a period of not more than12 months provided they return
to Ireland before 1st October of a given season.
9.14.1.3 Any player who is registered as a club member prior to 1st October and
who attains the age of 18 during the season shall be eligible to play after
he has attained his18th birthday,
9.14.2 Eligibility of players
9.14.2.1 The following are the registered players who are eligible to play in the All
Ireland League and Cup:
(i) A Player who qualifies to play for Ireland under IRB Regulations. This
includes players who have completed three years residency.
(ii) A player who holds a passport issued by a country which is a member
of the E.U.
(iii)A player who has a valid work permit as a professional rugby player
and who is a national of a country which has an association / trade
agreement with the E.U.as under the Cotonou agreement.
9.14.2.2 In the above cases, players must both be resident in Ireland on 1st June
and remain in residence until the commencement of the League.
9.14.2.3 For the purposes of this regulation residency is defined as “Permanent
place of residence”.
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9.14.2.4 Exceptions
In any season each Club may register one player who does not satisfy the
above criteria provided that he has taken up residence and has been properly
registered prior to the 1st October. For the purposes of interpretation, this
player is classified as an overseas player and must be nominated as such to the
Rugby Administration Manager prior to the commencement of the League.
9.14.3 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation 9.14, any player or Club shall
be entitled in writing to submit to the Union any special circumstances he or it
considers relevant to registration and/or eligibility. The submission shall be
considered by the Chairman of the League Sub Committee who shall in
appropriate cases be entitled in his absolute discretion to accept the
registration and/or eligibility of such player provided the submission is made
before 1st October.
9.14.4 In exceptional circumstances the Chairman of the League Sub Committee may
in his absolute discretion, on application in writing by the player supported by
the consent in writing of both Clubs, agree to the player changing Clubs
notwithstanding that the League has started and that the player has already
played in the competition subject to such application being presented or
submitted prior to the 1st January of any given season after the
commencement of the competition.
9.14.5 Subject to compliance with the provisions of this regulation 9.14, a club may
select a maximum of three Contracted Players (excluding Development and
Academy players) in its panel of twenty players for an All Ireland League or
Cup match. To be eligible for a Club’s final three matches in the regular season
of the League competition those selected Contracted Players must have started
and played a minimum of the first half of two All Ireland League matches in
the preceding weeks. To be eligible for the League play off matches, be it for
promotion or relegation, those selected Contracted Players must have started
and played a minimum of the first half of three All Ireland League matches
during that season.
The release of any Contracted Players is at the discretion of each Branch
Provincial Director of Coaching.
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Re: Query Regarding player eligibility

Postby CRAZYDAVE » September 26th, 2008, 11:30 am

lummix wrote:What are the rules regarding player eligibility for overseas players. As many EU players as you like, 1 overseas and 1 pacific islander, Its the pacific islander rule im interested in. Anyone know where i can get the info about this?


Either way, check it out in writing with the IRFU. Make sure any response you get is also in writing.

That way you should avoid all the hassle that befell the AIL & AIL qualifiers over the past two seasons. :wink:
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Re: Query Regarding player eligibility

Postby downtime » September 26th, 2008, 12:46 pm

Rules Relating Overseas Players

Competition Overseas players
Senior Cup/league 1 per match
Leinster League 1,2,3 1 per season ***
Metro J1 League 1 per match
J2 League Junior 2 2 per match
Prov 2nd’s Lge 2 per match
J3 League Junior 3 2 per match
J4 League Junior 4 2 per match
JP Fanagan 1 per match
Pennant Under 20’s 7 1 per match
Gale Cup Under 20’s 7 1 per match

Towns Cup Junior 1 1 per match
Metro Cup Junior 1 1 per match
Spencer Cup 1 per match
Inter County Cup None allowed
Prov 2nds Cup 2 per match
O’Connell Cup 2 per match
Anderson Cup 2 per match
Moran Cup Junior 3 2 per match
Dunne Cup Junior 4 2 per match
Winters Cup 2 per match
O’Connor Cup 2 per match
Fox Cup Over 35’s 2 per match
McCorry Cup 1 per match
Purcell Cup 1 per match

*** For 2008-09 season only, the existing regulation allowing one overseas player per game in Leinster League Divisions 2 and 3 will continue.

OVERSEAS/FOREIGN PLAYERS

(1) (a) All individuals from countries other than Ireland must, prior to playing at any level in this country attend with their passports at the Leinster Branch Offices.
(b) Written confirmation of the individual’s registration must be obtained from the I.R.F.U. and a copy of the confirmation shall be forwarded to the Branch. This also applies to players returning to Ireland having played abroad.
(2) All individuals other than those who fall into one or more of the following categories are regarded as Overseas Players and are subject to the restrictions applicable to the various Leinster Branch Competitions as set out at (3) below:
(a) Those who qualify to play for Ireland under IRB Regulations;
(b) Those who hold a passport issued by a country which is a member of the E.U.;
(c) Those who have lived permanently in Ireland for a period of three years immediately preceding the time of playing subject to proof of residency being produced.
(d) Those who are qualified under International Agreements (e.g. Cotonou) agreed with the IRFU.

(3) Overseas Players – Restrictions in respect of Leinster Branch Competitions
(a) Number permitted – See chart
(b) Residency – All players must be resident in this country at least one week prior to the commencement of the Competition. Evidence of residence may be requested by the Leinster Branch.
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