- The competition shall be known as the Duchy League and shall be subject to the direction and control of the Cornwall Rugby Football Union Ltd acting through the League Secretary and the Cornwall RFU Competitions sub-committee. Failure to comply with the regulations will lead to the application of penalties, including the deduction of points from the clubs total League table points.
- The Cornwall RFU Competitions sub-committee, including at least three members from participating Clubs, shall meet as required to review the regulations and structure.
- Any dispute shall be referred within Thirty six (36) hours of a scheduled match to the League Secretary who will be responsible for a decision on the matter. Should the dispute involve the League Secretary’s club, the matter will immediately be passed to the Chairman of the CRFU Competitions committee who has no such connection. Any appeal against such decision must be lodged within Three (3) days of notification together with an administrative fee of £50 (payable to Cornwall RFU Ltd.) with the Cornwall RFU Management Board through the County Secretary whose decision shall be final.
- Participation in the Duchy League shall be open to Clubs that are affiliated to the Cornwall RFU. Teams from the same club may not compete in the same League. Application to join the Duchy League must be received by May 31 prior to the season in question. The application must include a complete list of matches and results of the relevant team from the previous season, and supported by two other clubs already competing in the League, after season 2019 / 2020.
- Fixtures will be arranged on a home and away basis with all teams participating in the Duchy League on the specified league Saturdays in the RFU structured season. A fixture list of the Duchy League matches will be sent to all participating clubs by June 30th each year together with the name and contact details of the Duchy League Secretary. The home Club shall arrange the appointment of a referee for the Duchy League fixtures from the Cornwall Rugby Referees Society. Tel: 07769 757048
- Both teams must report the result of all scheduled matches, using the Duchy League EMC (Electric Match Card) to reach the table administrator no later than 5.30pm on the day of the match (with the exception of evening fixtures which should be sent within 2 Hours of the match finishing). If a side scores over 20 points then the number of tries scored must be included with the result. Failure to report the score by the deadline will result in the loss of competition points.
- Club 2nd Teams in the Duchy League may contain players who are not registered with their club to play League rugby for that club. They should however be made up of bona fida club members, although if this is not possible then a maximum of Three (3) players per match may be borrowed from another club to make up the numbers and encourage participation in the game. However such teams may not knowingly play players holding Effective Registration with another club at level Eight (8) or above.
- Players of a club whose first team plays at level Six (6) in the league or above may play in the Duchy League subject to the following conditions:
a). Any player playing in the Duchy League is not permitted to and will not receive any Material Benefit as the same is defined in RFU Regulation 1, this shall include being paid (Including any arrangement for future payment in cash or kind) in any way to play rugby by any club, sponsor, person or organisation.
b). Only Three (3) club academy players may play in a Duchy League Fixture at any one time.
c). A player who has been selected to play or as a replacement in Eight (8) League fixture’s at level Six (6) and above may not play in the Duchy League.
d). A player that is injured whilst playing at level Six (6) or above and is unfit to play for a period of three (3) weeks or more will be able to play in the Duchy League for a period of Two (2) consecutive matches to aid their rehabilitation.
- Four (4) points will be awarded for a win, Two (2) points for a draw, Nil points for a loss, Bonus points will be awarded in the following way; One (1) point for scoring Four (4) tries or more, One (1) point for losing by Seven (7) points or fewer, One (1) point to the away team for fulfilling the fixture One (1) point for loaning players to the opposition to make sides Equal irrespective of the match result. Clubs will be deducted One (1) point for not reporting the match result by the dead line time. If a side withdraws from a fixture with less than Thirty-six (36) Hours before Kick Off, (Not having enough players is not a good reason) the none offending team will be awarded the match.
- If a side refuses to loan players to make equal numbers on each side, the match will be played with the offending side reducing its numbers to start the match with equal numbers on each side, a side with more players may rotate its extra players up to Six (6) occasions throughout the match but must inform the Referee and the opposition prior to Kick Off. Both side must have equal numbers at all times, the final match result will stand.
- Matches may start with uncontested scrums if a side does not have a capable front Row the final match result will stand.
- If a side reaches a score Difference of Fifty (50) points the match may continue but if that side scores further points those points will not be recorded.
- If a scheduled match is not played for a reason deemed unjustified by the League Secretary (Not having a full side is not a good reason), the offending side will be deducted points whilst the non-offending side will be awarded points. If a Scheduled match is abandoned for reasons of safety or weather conditions before Sixty (60) minutes have been played, the league Secretary will decide whether the match is to be replayed or the score at the time of abandonment shall stand. If a Scheduled match is abandoned for reasons of safety or weather conditions after Sixty (60) minutes the result at the time of the abandonment will stand. If a scheduled match is abandoned for reasons of foul play, regardless of time played. The League Secretary shall consider a report from the referee before deciding on the appropriate action. Where a club may be struggling for numbers, and provided that the opposition are notified well in advance of the fixture and are in agreement, a fixture may be rescheduled by the League Secretary for a later date.
- Matches may go ahead with a minimum of Ten (10) players per team however, other than for situations where a Yellow or Red card has been issued, or as in Regulation 15 below, teams must have the same number of players on the pitch. If a team has only Ten (10) players available to them then they may borrow player from the opposition or, failing that the match will have to be played Ten (10) a-side.
- Six (6) replacements may be selected per fixture giving up to (10) rolling replacements per a match. The laws relating to front row replacements are as laid down by the Rugby Football Union and must be followed at all times. Where this leads to uncontested scrums, the match result shall not be affected even if this is required for the whole match. However, where a match is forced to move to non-contested scrums after kick off, the offending side must drop a player from their team and play the remainder of the game with one fewer player. In this instance it is NOT the responsibility of the referee to demand that a player is dropped, it is the responsibility of the offending side to remove a player. Failure by a team to reduce the number will result in the opponents being awarded the match.
- Clubs may bring a fixture date forward to Midweek or Friday evenings providing both Clubs and the League Secretary are in agreement, this will insure the matches are played.
- Clubs must inform the Duchy League Secretary and the Admin office by 3.00pm of a cancelation of a Duchy League Fixture.
- If a side fails to complete 85% of their scheduled Duchy league fixtures it will be withdrawn from the Duchy Cup/ Plate competition in the second half of the season.
- Each Club by entering the Duchy League agrees with each other club in the Duchy League and the CRFU that the Competitions Standing Committee has the absolute and unfettered discretion to decide on matters not provided for in and in the interpretation of the rules of the Duchy League and/or make any further or alternative rules or regulations for the Duchy League, where there is a requirement the decision of the Competitions Committee is final and binding save for the club’s right to appeal to the CRFU Management Board. Such appeals are to be lodged, with the appropriate appeal fee of £50 within Thirty Six (36) hours of the action taken by the CRFU Competitions Standing Committee.
- Contact details of Duchy League Secretary Denis Preece
Tel: 07769 757048