Tournament Rules 2013

Eligibility of Players.

(A). Players who are eligible to study in their respective schools in 2013 shall play on registration as players in their school teams. Players should be qualified for admission to a school and to play for a team in compliance to the relevant Ministry of Education circulars.

(B.). The age rule for 2013 will apply from January 2013.

Under 20:- Born after 31.12.1993
Under 18:- Born after 31.12.1995.
Under 16:- Born after 31.12.1997
Under 14:- Born after 31.12.1999
Under 12:- Born after 31.12.2001
Under 10:- Born after 31.12.2003


2.1). The rules herein contained shall be called “The Tournament Rules of the Singer Schools Rugby League – 2013” (hereafter referred to as SLSRFA 2013 tournament rules).

2.2). The said SLSRFA – 2013 Tournament rules shall be in force for the year 2013 and thereafter and shall apply to all tournaments organized by the SLSRFA and more fully described on page 3 here of, unless otherwise stated. The tournament shall be conducted by the SLSRFA with the blessings of the Ministry of Education and the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union.

Appeals /Objections procedure.

3.1. Respective Schools must inform to the Secretary of SLSRFA first.

3.2. If the respective school is not satisfied with the ruling of the SLSRFA, then they can appeal to the
Schools Sports council.

3.3. Further if they are still not satisfied with the ruling of the Schools Sports council they could
appeal to the Secretary to the Ministry of Education.

3.4. Finally, they could appeal to the Minister of Education.

4. Participation

4.2. Representations in regard to ineligible players, misconduct, violation of game regulations, and challenging the verdict of referee is completely prohibited.

4.3. Withdrawal of a team during the ongoing of a tournament, attacking or threatening Referees , Coaches, Officials of the SLSRFA, Players or Spectators should not happen, either at the beginning or end of the match. Such situation shall be strictly dealt with by Disciplinary Committee of the SLSRFA, and shall be subject to punishment imposed.

4.4. Any school that fails to adhere to the above Rule will result in that particular school’s results/performance not being taken into consideration for ‘Singer Schools Rugby League’ – 2013 League tournament currently conducted by the SLSRFA

4.5. If a school opts out before the beginning of the season the position of the schools will be re-arranged after filling the gaps and prompting from the lower group/ division.

4.6. In the event of a school failing to fulfill its fixtures for reasons unacceptable to SLSRFA or giving a walk – over in a tournament match or voluntarily withdrawing from a tournament the results of all matches played by such school shall be discounted and such schools shall be liable for strict disciplinary action by the SLSRFA

4.7. Those schools which fall into Division 2 will not be selected to play in the ‘Milo’ trophies in the current year. (2013)

4.8. All registered schools under SLSRFA must participate in the tournament

4.9. All schools should complete all matches according to the match schedule, and the results informed before 20th July 2013.

4.10. The year 2014 divisions/grouping will be on the final points table of the “Singer’ Schools Rugby League2013 tournament. The format for 2014 will be notified on a later date.

4.11. If a team wishes to remain in the same group without taking the entitled promotion they can remain with valid reasons acceptable to the SLSEFA.

4.12. In reference to rule 4.11 the next highest point taker is entitled to fill the vacancy in the upper group or division

5. Tournament

5.1. The tournaments organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (hereafter referred to as SLSRFA) shall be open to Schools in registration with the SLSRFA unless otherwise stated .

5.2. The matches of the above tournaments shall be played under the rules of the game of rugby Football as framed by the International Rugby Football Board and as may be amended by the said Board from time to time. In any event, SLSRFA shall have the right to vary the adoptions, thereof prior to the commencement of any of the aforesaid Tournaments.

5.3. All disciplinary matters relating to all these Tournaments shall be handled by the disciplinary
Committee of the SLSRFA.

5.4. SLSRFA shall appoint Match Commissioners for each and every tournament match, and from time to time shall assign duties and functions for such Match Commissioners , and authority to carry out such duties and functions . It is the duty of all schools to adhere to the instructions given by such Match Commissioners . The Match Commissioners shall have the right to refer any matter that is within his purview or his authority to the Disciplinary Committee of the SLSRFA.

6. Registration of Players.

6.1. All schools competing in all Divisions of the Tournaments shall register the names of players with the SLSRFA prior to representing such school in any particular age group, and shall forward a copy of same to the SLSRFA for purpose of record.
6.2, No player shall be permitted to change a school subsequent to the registration of his name under Rule 6.1 hereof and has represented such school in any of the tournaments conducted during a particular season. If hehas represented such school he could play only with the prior written consent from the Principal of the school where his name was originally registered.

6.3. No player shall represent more than one school in a season.

6.4. No player shall be permitted to represent any school in any match in any of the tournaments unless he has been a registered member of the school and whose name has been registered with the SLSRFA in terms of rule 6.1 hereof.

6.5. No player shall be permitted to represent and play in any of the tournaments conducted during any calendar year for any school other than the school in which his name appears on the attendance register of students of the school.

6.6. A player who has played even as a substitute for more than 30 minutes in a game shall be deemed to have represented and played for the school in that particular match.

7. Eligibility of Non National Players.

7.1 No non national player will be allowed to play in any tournaments conducted this by SLSRFA. The term non-national shall mean and include all foreign passport holders , other than those of Sri Lankan origin.

7.2. However non-national players who qualify under the following conditions will be eligible to participate in the tournament.
He was born in Sri Lanka; or one parent or grandparent was born in Sri Lanka; or he has completed Thirty Six consecutive months of residence in Sri Lanka immediately preceding the time of playing. IRB regulation 8 with regard to eligibility of non-national players will apply.

8. Duration and time

8.1. All the matches in Division-1- Segment –A- &-B- league tournament and knock-out tournament will be played Forty ( 40) minutes each way with not more than a Ten (10) minutes interval. With regard to time , the Referee has power to declare no side before full time has expired , if in his opinion the full time cannot be played due to weather conditions or continuance of play would
be dangerous.

8.2. After the half time teams change ends. There is an interval of not more than ten (10) minutes .During the interval the teams, referee and asst: referees/touch judges may leave the playing enclosure.

8.3. The referee keeps the time but may delegate the duty to either or both asst: referees/touch judge and or the official time keeper .In which case the referee signals to them any stoppages of time or time lost . In matches without an official time-keeper, if the referee is in doubt as to the correct time the referees/touch judges may consult others but only if the asst: referee/touch judges cannot help.

8.4. Time lost may be due to the following:

8.4-1. Injury. The referee may stop play for not more than one minute, so that an injured player can be treated, or for any other permitted delay. The referee may allow play to continue while a medically trained person treats an injured player in the playing area or the player may go to the touchline for treatment .If a player is seriously injured and needs to be removed from the field of play, the
referee has the discretion to allow the necessary time to have the injured player removed from the field-of-play.

8.4-2. Replacing player’s clothing. When the ball is dead, the referee allows time for a player to replace or repair a badly torn jersey, shorts or boots. Time is allowed for a player to re-tie a boot-lace.

8.4-4. Referee consulting with assistant referee /s or other official; Time is allowed for consultation between referee and assistant referees or other official s. Any playing time lost is made up in the same half of the match.

8.4-5.A match may last more than eighty minutes due to playing of extra time in a drawn match in a knock-out Competition (Please refer Knock-out tournament rules for extra time procedure)

8.4-6. The referee has power to end the match at any time, if the referee believes that play should not continue because it would be dangerous.

8.4-7.If time expires and the ball is not dead ,or an awarded scrum or lineout has not been completed, the referee allows play to continue until the next time that the ball becomes dead. The ball becomes dead when the referee would have awarded a scrum ,line out, an option to the non-infringing team ,drop out or after a conversion or successfull penalty kick at goal. If a scrum has to be reset ,the scrum has not been completed . If time expires and a mark, free kick or penalty kick is then awarded ,the referee allows play to continue

8.4-8. If time expires after a try has been scored the referee allows time for conversion kick to be taken.

8.4-9. When weather conditions are exceptionally hot and/or humid, the referee at his discretion ,will be permitted to allow one water break in each half time . This water break should be no longer than one minute . Time lost should normally be taken after a score or when the ball is out of play near the half way line.

8.4-10.With regard to time, the referee has power to declare no-side before full time has expired, if in his opinion the full time cannot be played due to weather condition or continuance of play would be dangerous

8.4-11. If the referee finds it necessary to abandon a match then the results thereof may be determined by the Tournament Committee of SLSRFA set down below in clause 09.

8.5. If the Referee finds it necessary to abandon a match then the results thereof may be determined by the tournament Committee of the SLSRFA.

9. Match Abandonment.

9.1. If a team refuses to play or abandons a Match in progress without the prior consent of the Referee, that Team will score no Match points and its opponent will be given Five Match points as winner of  the Match. The team declared winner will keep its score for and will have no points scored against.

9.2. The team declared loser will keep its points scored against and will have no points scored for. The Disciplinary Committee will decide upon the further participation of the refusing /abandoning Team in the Tournament and/or other relevant or related matters.


(a). Where a Match is stopped either at half time or during the second half, and cannot be completed the same day, the results will stand

(b).Where a match has been stopped/abandoned during the first half the results shall be declared as a draw. Where a match has been declared a draw then for the match each Team will be awarded 2.5 match points and tries scored shall be added to the total points and tries scored by each team in all games during the tournament.

(c). In both situation mentioned (9.3-a&b) no bonus point shall be awarded to either team.

(d).Where a Match is stopped in the first half, and cannot be completed on the same day ,if the Match can be played within 48 hours ,then it will resume with outstanding scores and time to play. The Match should be played at the same venue and if the match cannot be played at the same venue the match should be played at a neutral venue decided by the Tournament Committee. Otherwise the results of the first half will stand. (Knock out match only)

10. Notification of results.

10.1. Every school shall submit a list of names of the players of their team inclusive of substitutes, to the MIC of the other school, Match Commissioner and Official Referee, prior to the commencement of the match. Each player will sign against his name and this form will be countersigned by the Principal and MIC.

10.2. Both the home team and visiting team shall submit the score card of the match to the Match Commissioner appointed by the SLSRFA immediately after the match ,signed by the Referee and MICs of both schools.

10.3. It shall be the responsibility of the respective teams to report to the Chairman of the tournament

Committee within 48 hours in the event of the opposing team’s failure to turn up for the scheduled match.

11. Non participation

11.1. No walkovers shall be recognized in any of the tournaments conducted by the SLSRFA

11.2. If school fails to attend a tournament match without valid reasons they should reimburse all match expenses incurred by the host school or host school fails to turn up at the match venue without valid reason/s they should reimburse all the expenses incurred by the visiting school.

11.3. If any team refrains from playing the scheduled match without valid reason/s to the satisfaction of the SLSRFA; they are subjected to a penalty imposed by the SLSRFA. In such situation the team that refrains shall be demoted.

12. Venue and Postponement

12.1. The date and venue of the tournament matches shall not be altered without prior approval of the Tournament Committee except in exceptional circumstances such as flood, riot or civil commotion. In the event of a match being postponed due to exceptional circumstances the two schools concerned shall mutually arrange a suitable date and venue and inform the SLSRFA
Tournament Committee and the Referees’ Society.

12.2. The home team shall comply with the following when arranging a match to be played on its ground.

12.2-1. The ground condition shall be deemed safe and suitable for the game to be played.

12.2-2. The ground to be properly marked and flagged (flag post above 4 feet and Goal Post to be padded for safety reasons). The home team shall be responsible for correctly and clearly marking the pitch on which the match is scheduled to be played.

12.2-3. A qualified medical practitioner and first-aid facilities (stretcher) to be available at the venue.

12.2-4. Only those having a knowledge of the rules are appointed as touch judges unless the judges are
provided by the Referee’s Society.

12.2-5. Marked adequate and effective crowd control arrangement to ensure the safety of the Referee, Touch Judges and Players during and after the game.

12.2-6. Shall nominate an official to receive match officials at the venue, show them to the dressing room etc, look after their welfare until they leave the match venue. The ground condition of all venues will be inspected by representative appointed by the SLSRFA and certified in writing before tournament matches are conducted at such venue.

12.2-7. SLSRFA being the authoritative body of the tournament, they are sanctioned with the authority to change date and venue of a match with valid reasons. In such situations any team that goes against ruling of the SLSRFA shall be subjected to penalty imposed as per clause 11.

12.2-8. The team will be held responsible and disciplinary action will be taken against them if any untoward incident occurs during or after the match.

13. Substitution Law.

13.1. Nominated Players and Replacements/substations of a team

13.1-1. A team must include suitably trained /experienced players as followers; If a team nominates 16.17.or 18 players, it must have at least four players who can play in front row positions.

13.1.2. If a team nominates 19, 20, or 25 players, it must have at least five players who can play in front row positions

13.2. Injured Players and their Replacements. Injured players should stop playing and replaced as follows.

13.2-1. On account of bleeding or open wound the players must leave the playing area until such time as the bleeding is controlled and wound is covered or dressed. The replacement of the player is temporary but, if he is unable to resume playing before 15 minutes (actual time) the replacement becomes permanent and the replaced player /s must not return to the field of play.

13.2-2. On account of any other type of injuries; if the Referee is advised by a doctor /Medical Practitioner or other medically trained person or for any other reason, considers that a player is so injured that it would be harmful for him to continue playing; the referee shall require the player to leave the field to be examined medically.

13.2-3. An injured player who has permanently replaced must not resume playing.

13.2-4. The replacement of an injured player may be made on the following advice; In matches in which a national representative team is playing ,by a medical practitioner . In other matches by medically trained person or if a medically trained person is not present ,by a request from the team’s captain to referee

13.2-5. The replacement of an injured player shall be made only when the ball is dead and with the permission of the Referee who should not permit a player to be replaced until the ball is dead.

13.2-6. Permanent Replacement: A player may permanently be replaced if injured .If the player is permanently replaced ,that player must not return and play in the match . The replacement of the injured player must be made when the ball is dead and with the permission of the referee.

13.2-7. A injured player may be replaced on the advice of the doctor or medically trained person. If none is available ,if the referee agrees.

13.3. Substitute Players

13.3-1. Up to two (02) substitutes of front row players and up to eight (08) substitutes of other players may be made for any reason only when the ball is dead and with the permission of the Referee.

13.3-2. Players who have been substituted may not re-enter the match even to replace an injured player except in the case of player having bleeding or open wound or for an injured front row player if no other suitably trained replacement is available

13.3-3. Each team may nominate up to Ten (10) replacements.

13.3-4. Sent off for foul play : A player sent off for foul play must not be replaced or substituted. For an exception to the law. (Refer to IRB Laws of the Game.Law3.13: If after a front row player has been sent off or during the time a front row player is temporarily suspended, and there are no further front row players are available from the nominated team ,then uncontested scrums will be
ordered . It is not the responsibility of the referee to determine the suitability of trained front row replacements nor their availability as this is a team responsibility. Referee ,upon awarding the next scrum ,will ask that player’s captain whether or not the team
has another player on the field of play who is suitably trained to play in the front row. If not, the captain chooses any player from that team who then must leave the field of play and be replaced by a suitably trained front row player from the team’s replacements. The captain may do this immediately prior to the next scrum or after another player has been tried in the front row.

13.3-5. When a period of temporary suspension ends and a front row player returns to the field of play the replacement front row player leaves the field of play and the nominated player who left the field for the period of the suspension may resume playing in the match

13.3-6. Furthermore , if because of sending off or injury ,a team cannot provide enough suitably trained front row, players, the match continues with uncontested scrum.

13.3-7. An uncontested scrum is the same as a normal scrum ,except that the teams do not compete for the ball, the team throwing in the ball must win it and neither team is allowed to push.

13.4. Special Circumstances

13.4-1 In the event of a front row forward being ordered off, the Referee in the interest of safety will confer with captain to determine whether another player is suitably trained /experienced to take his position. If not the captain shall nominate one other forward to replace him. This may take place immediately or after another player has been tried in the position

13.4-2. When there is no other front row forward available due to a sequence of players being ordered Off or both then the game will continue with non contestable scrummages which are the same as normal scrimmages except that, there is no contest for the ball, team putting in the ball must win it, Neither team is permitted to push.

13.4-3. A scrum must have eight (08) players from each team. All eight players must stay bound to the scrum until it ends. Each front row must have three players in it, no more and no less. Two locks must form the second row.

13.4-4. Exception; When a team is reduced to fewer than Fifteen f or any reason ,then the number of players of each team in the scrum may similarly be reduced. Where a permitted reduction is made by one team ,there is no requirement for the other team to make a similar reduction. However, a team must not have fewer than five players in the scrum.
The formation of both teams must be 3-4-1

If one team is, One player short, then its scrum must be in a 3-2-1 formation Two players short, then its scrum must be in a 3-2 formation.

13.5. Player wishing to rejoin the match:

13-5-1. A player who has open or bleeding wound must leave the playing area. The player must not return until the bleeding is controlled and the wound has been covered .

13.5-2. A player who leaves a match because of injury or any other reason must not rejoin the match until the referee permits the player to return . The referee must not let a player rejoin a match until the ball is dead.

13.5-3. If a player rejoins or replacement /substitute joins the match without the referee’s permission and the referee believes the player did so to help that player’s team or obstruct the opposing team, the referee penalizes the player for misconduct.

13.6. A front row forward sent off or temporarily suspended or injured

13.6-1. If after a front row player has been sent off or during the time a front row player is temporarily suspended ,and there are no further front row players available ,from the nominated team, then uncontested scrums will be ordered . It is not the responsibility of the referee to determine the suitability of the trained front row replacement nor their availability, as this is a team

13.6-2. After a front row player is sent off or during the time a front row player is temporarily suspended the referee ,upon awarding the next scrum ,will ask that player’s captain whether or not the team has another player on the field of play who is suitably trained to play in the front row .If not the captain chooses any player from that team who then must leave the field of play and he
replaced by a suitably trained front row player from the team’s replacements. Captain may do this immediately prior to the next scrum or after another player has been tried in the front row

13.6-3. When a period of temporary suspension ends and a front row player returns to the field of play ,the replacement front row player leaves the field of play and the nominated player who left the field of play for the period of the suspension may resume playing in the match. Furthermore ,if because of sending off or injury , a team cannot provide enough suitably trained front row players. the match continues with uncontested scrum. There is no contest The team putting the ball must win it Neither team is permitted to push.

13.6-4. When the referee orders uncontested scrums during a match, as a results of a team not having suitably trained and experienced front row players in the compliance with Law, the referee reports the matter to the SLSRFA.

13.6-5. When a team does not have suitably trained front row players prior to the match such that contested scrum cannot take place the referee will order uncontested scrums. The referee will report the matter to the SLSRFA.

13.6-5. SLSRFA may determine within competition rules whether a match should not commence in the event of suitably trained and experienced players not being available prior to a match.

14, Number of Players.

14.1. A team consists of fifteen players who start the match plus ten replacements or substitute players.

14.2. Maximum number of players in the playing area; each team must not have more than fifteen players on the playing area during play.

14.3. When there are fewer than fifteen players in each team all the laws of the game apply, except each team must have at lease Five players in the scrum

15. Player‘s Dress

15.1. The referee or the touch judges appointed by or under SLSRFA inspect the players clothing and studs conformity to this law

15.2. The Referee or a Touch Judge has the power to decide before or during match to order a player to remove any part of the player’s dress ,if it is dangerous or illegal and order the player to remove the dangerous or illegal part and permit him to resume playing in the match only after it has been removed ,in accordance with IRB regulations.

15.3. If at inspection before the match, the referee or touch judges tells a player that an item banned under this Law is being worn ,and the player is subsequently found to be wearing that item on the playing area ,that player is sent off for misconduct.

15.4. Any additional item worn should conform to the laws as referred to above

15.5. Player must not wear any items which does not confirm with the IRB Specifications.
(IRB Regulation 12)

15.6. The referee must not allow any player to leave the playing area to change the items of clothing ,unless there are blood stains.

15.7. All participating players in any match shall wear numbered jerseys for proper identification. Any player without a number will not be allowed to play. Jerseys are to be numbered from 1to 25. Start the math with 1to15 .

15.8. In the event of the Schools having similar clashing colours, the home team shall change its colour for such match ,subject to the approval of the appointed referee.

15.9. All players should display the ‘SINGER’ logo on a prominent place of the dress. If not he shall not be allowed to take the field.

16. Player’s bench

16.1. Only ten (10) reserves,three Officials (MIC, Coach, Asst. Coach )shall remain on the players bench whilst play is in progress . The referee would ensure that the requirement is adhered to: only substitute players can enter the playing enclosure /playing area with the instructions from the 4th & 5th Officials.

16.2. Separate bench should be arranged by the side of the match official table for physio/s and water boys . They should wear the colored vest tops and only allowed to enter into the enclosure /playing area . They shall take instructions from the 4th& 5th official with regard to entering the enclosure /playing area . This section should be read with the contents of the Technical Zone
Any breach to be treated as misconduct

16.4. However at any stage of game ,if in the opinion of the referee or Match Commissioner ,if any person or persons causes disturbance ,the referee shall be entitled to order such person or persons ,who were authorized to be on the bench to leave the playing enclosure forthwith . A player ordered off the field will not be eligible to be on the bench. It is very important that the MIC’s strictly enforce these responsibilities along with the match officials. This section should be read with the contents of the Technical Zone.

17. Appointing Referees

17.1 Referees, Asst: Referees, and Substitute Officials (4th & 5th Referee ) for all Tournament matches shall be assigned by the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees in consultation with the SLSRFA.

17.2. In the event of a referee so appointed failing to turn up ,then referee for the match shall be
appointed on the following basis;-

17.2-1. Asst: Referee 1 to take refereeing

17.2-2. A referee mutually agreed upon by the two teams or failing such an agreement.

17.2-3. By the’ Home team’ but should be a member of the Referees Society

17.2-4. If such a member cannot be provided by the ‘Home team’ then visiting Team may provide such a

17.2-5. Failing (17.2-2.17.2-3, 17.2-4) the match will be postponed

17.2-6. In the event of the referee informing his non availability and or inability to keep the assignment previously informed the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees will appoint a suitable replacement if such non availability has been notified.

18. Perimeter Control

Management of Playing Enclosure:

18.1. The hosting team should have effective barrier control measures to stop crowd invasion of the playing area.

18.2. They should be on both sides and shall include the areas defined as the Technical Zone and substitutes bench.

18.3. The only persons permitted inside the playing enclosure should be as followers.

18.3-1. Match Officials, including No.4 & 5.

18.3-2. Players and Reserves (Reserves with instruction from the 4th & 5th Officials) Any breach to be treated as misconduct.

18.3-3. One-Runner –returning to Coaches area when not active.

18.3-4. Up to two medicinally Trained Persons who wear the coloured vest with all equipment are Allowed to enter into the playing enclosure as per the instructions given under Clause – TECHNICAL ZONE PROTOCOL, with the instructions of the match officials

18.3-5. Water Carriers who wear the coloured vest with the instruction from the 4th & 5th officials as per instruction given under Clause- TECHNICAL ZONE PROTOCOL, are allowed to enter the playing enclosure. Any breach to be treated as misconduct

18.3-6. Water Carriers shall only be permitted to enter the enclosure/playing area during the following stoppages.

Immediately after a Try is awarded. When the playing time is stopped for injury. At the Referee’s discretion

Please note: – A penalty shot at goal is not a stoppage – no water carriers permitted.

18.3-7. Ball boys, as pre-selected by the organizers and determined by the SLSFRA.

18.3-8. Coach & MIC shall remain within the substitute bench area or retire to areas outside the Barrier Control at all times during their match, except at half time and full time when they may enter the playing field to address their players.

18.3-9. MIC’s are to remain within the substituted area unless with Match Officials (no.4 & no.5)or assisting with the removal of an injured player from the field of play.

18.3-10.Reserves are to remain within the substituted area, unless warming up and shall not be permitted to be barracking or yelling instructions while warming up.

18.3-11.Coaches must not seek to communicate with match officials during any stoppage in play, including the half time interval. Any such representation shall be regarded as misconduct and will be reported by the match officials.

18.3-12.Team management members, other than the Team Managers as pre-defined in (18.3)

18.3-13.Above are not permitted to communicate with the match official at half time. This does not preclude normal communication between the Team Captain and the Referee.

19. Points System of the League Tournaments

19.1. (a). 05 points awarded for a win

(b). 02.5 points for draw.
(c). 01 point for loss (beaten)
(d). Bonus 01 point shall be awarded for

1. The team scoring four Tries or more in the game
2. The team scoring more Tries or Conversions in a drawn game
3. The losing team if more Tries or Conversions are scored than the Winner.
4. The losing team if the margin is 7 points or less

(e). Minus points up to maximum of 01 point would be applied on the recommendation of the Match Commissioner in the event of an adverse repot of a match. However, the tournament committee should ratify this recommendation.

(f). Points will be awarded at the completion of the match and no extra time be will be played at the end of the League Matches.

19.2. In the event of two or more teams having an equal number of tournament points awarded to them under clause 19.1 hereof ,the league placing shall be decided in the following manner .

(a). The winner of the game between the two teams in League match, If it does not produce a
result then:

(b). The team which has scored more tries in the league tournament, if the teams are still tied,

(c). The team which has put over more conversions in the league matches ,if the teams are still tied .

(d). The team which scored the highest number of points ,the difference shall be established by subtracting the points scored against from the points scored for ,if the teams are still tied,

(e). The team that has scored the most number of tournament points will be the winner of the tournament ; anyhow if it is a tie , such teams will be placed at the same position.

20. Inter Schools ‘Milo’ President’s, Premier, and Chairman’s Trophies Knock-Out Tournament 2013

20.1. The placing of the year 2013 Division 1 League tournament will be considered for the seeding

20.2. All selected for the Knockout Tournament must participate in the Tournament and no team shall quit the Tournament without valid reasons acceptable to the SLSRFA Tournament Committee.

20.3. If any school selected for the Knockout Tournament fails or refuses to play the Tournament such school will be subjected to disciplinary action imposed by the SLSRFA Tournament Committee and that would affect their positions in the League Tournament 2013.

They will play according to the following draw.
Q/F S/F Finals
A1- B2. ——————————–
A4-A5. ——————————– ——————————-
A3-A6. ——————————– ———————
A2-B1. ——————————– ——————————-

Division 1B from Third to eight 1C Champions and Runners up (08) teams shall be
selected for the Premier Trophy.
Q/F S/F Finals
B3 – C2. ——————————–
B6 – B7. ——————————– ——————————-
B5 – B8. ——————————– ———————
B4 – C1. ——————————– ——————————-

Division 1C from Third to eight Division 2 Champions and Runners up (08) teams shall
be selected for the Chairman’s Trophy.
Q/F S/F Finals
C3 – Dvi:2.2 ——————————–
C6 – C7. ——————————– ——————————-
C5 – C8. ——————————– ———————
C4 – Div: 2.1. ——————————– ——————————-

21.4. If there is no decision in any of the matches in the knock-out tournament other than the finals the match will continue until one side has scored first. However such extra time will not exceed 5 minutes each half. Prior to playing extra time the teams will toss as for the kick-off or selection of side of the playing field. If at the end of the extra time there is still no decision the Five (05) players from each Team will place kicks from three (03) different points all on the 22 meter line ,as follows

First point – directly in front of the post (1st & 4th kicks)
Second point- on the 15 meter line on the left hand side facing the post (2nd & 5th kicks)
Third point- on the 15 meter line on the right hand side facing the post (3rd kick)

21.4-1. The referee will start the competition by calling the first player selected from the Team kicking first from first kicking point. Once the player has taken the kick, the referee calls a player from the opposing Team to kick from the same point.

21.4-2. The next two players (one from each Team) will kick the second point in turn. This will continue until all five players from each Team have kicked (the next players kicking respectively from third point, first area and finally the second point), or one team is unable to equal the score of the other Team within the remaining number of kickers.

21.4-3. If there are an equal number of successful kicks after each Team has completed its five kicks, the competition continues on a ‘sudden death ‘ basis, following the same order of kicks used in the first five kickers.

21.4-4. The competition will continue with two kickers at a time (one from each side) going progressively through the three kicking areas stated above(and repeating the process, if necessary)until one player succeeds with a kick and the player from other side taking the same kick misses it. Once this occurs, the team of the player who succeeded with the kick will be declared the winner.
Each of these additional kicks shall be taken by the same five players in rotation. Once a player has been handed the ball by the referee on the kicking point ,he must take the kick within One (01)minute ,Should he take longer ,the referee shall declare the kick void and therefore miss. After each kick, the referee records the number of the player and whether or not the attempt was successful. The Match Commissioner will record the same details on the official match report. Whether or not a goal is scored from each attempt is the sole decision of the referee ,who may at his sole discretion rely on the assistance of his assistant referees. The referee’s decision shall be final and binding. Once players have completed their kicks, they shall return to stand with their Team behind the halfway line in the side of the playing area not used.

21.4-5. In the finals of the knock-out tournament, if scores are level extra time will be played Five (05)minutes each way with one minute interval. The first team to score any points will be declared the winner . If at end of extra time there is no decision, the trophy will be shared. Prior to playing extra time teams will toss as for the kick-off or selection of the side of the

22. Technical Zone Protocol

22.1. Dimensions of the Technical Zone. Two Technical Zones shall be provided within the playing enclosure on the side of the field, each one on either side of the half way line and outside the field-of play.

22.1-2. These Technical Zones must be marked on the ground

22.1-3. The line nearest the touch line must be parallel to the touch line.

22.1-4. The technical Zone commences a minimum five meters and a maximum of ten meters from the half way line. The Technical Zone must not exceed ten meters in length and three meters in width and must not be less than two meters from the touch line (see page )

22.1-5. Wherever practically possible the Zone should be behind advertising hoardings with easy access to the field of play

22.2 Personnel permitted in the Technical Zone.

22.2-1. No more then two medically trained personnel (certified doctors or physiotherapists only) and two water carriers (who may not be the head coach but may be assistant coaches) a total of four per team are permitted to operate from the Technical Zone.

22.2-2. No other person(or player )is permitted in the Technical Zone.

22.2-3. One of the medically trained personnel is permitted to operate from the Technical Zone, as listed in (22) above, may be positioned on the side of the playing area on the touch line opposite the Technical Zone and may move along the touch line.

22.2-4. The second medically trained personnel is permitted to operate from the Technical Zone as listed (22)above may be positioned on the near side of the playing area on the touch line, and may move along the touchline. The two medically trained personnel may not be together on one touch line

22.2-5. Where practically possible the medical personnel to operate must stay outside the advertising hoardings. The medical personnel may keep up with play, but must pay due regard to the needs and rights of players, Match Officials ,spectators ,broadcasters and commercial partners.

22.2-6. The medical personnel may enter the field of play in accordance with Law at any time a player is injured. They must not obstruct, interfere or aim comments at Match Officials.

22.3. Roles of personnel in the Technical Zone .

22.3-1. Water may only be taken on to the field during stoppages in play for injuries in the playing area , and when a try has been scored.

22.3-2 Water carriers are not permitted in the playing area during penalty kicks at goal.

22.3-3 The water carriers must remain in the Technical Zone at all times unless they enter the playing area to provide water, or when one enters to provide a kicking tee to a kicker at a penalty kick. Water carriers must not obstruct, interfere or aim comments at Match Officials.

22.3-4. Players may come to the touch line adjacent to the ‘Technical’ Zone to receive water.

22.3-5. Water bottles must not be thrown on the field of play.

22.4. Management of the Technical Zone

22.4-1. All personnel permitted in the Technical Zones must have some distinguishing mark e.g. arm bands/vests

22.4-2. The number 4 and 5 Officials will manage the Technical Zone; If there is a transgression of the protocol , the matter will be reported to the Match Referee.

22.4-3. The Match Referee may caution any offender or at his discretion expel the person(s) from the playing enclosure for any breach of the protocol.

22.4-4. Any breach of the protocol may be reported to the Designated Disciplinary Official who shall be entitled to undertake, investigations and lodge misconduct complaints pursuant to person concerned.

22.4-5. Should any person be expelled from the playing enclosure for a breach of the protocol they must be reported by Match Referee to the Disciplinary Official ,who shall be entitled to undertake investigation and lodge Misconduct Complaints pursuant to person concerned.

22.5. Personnel outside of the Technical Zone.

22.5-1. The replacement bench and the location of the coaches should , wherever possible, be outside the playing enclosure.

22.5-2. If replacements require to warm-up and there is not an area outside the playing enclosure, they may warm-up in the opposition in-goal area but must not use balls or any other rugby equipment in their warm-up. Balls and hit shield may be used where there is a designated warm-up area away from the in-goal area. All other equipment for the purposes of warm-up must only be used outside the enclosure or another designated area away from the playing enclosure .

22.6. Players temporarily/Permanently suspended.

22.6-1. When a player has been temporarily suspended (sin binned) that player is to be situated in the designated sin bin area which must not be in the Technical Zone and must remain there for the duration of the Temporary suspension. The player may be given water and the provision of warm clothing. If halftime occurs during the sin bin period ,the player may go to his team’s changing room but must return directly to the sin bin for the remaining time of his suspension when the second half resumes.

22.6-2. A one minute warm-up period permitted prior to the temporarily suspended player.

22.6-3. When a player has been shown a yellow card three times in the same League Tournament or twice in a Sevens Tournament or a Red Card he is permanently suspended and will not be allowed to play in the next two matches. However the Disciplinary Committee could meet at any time before the expiry of the banned period if necessary and reduce the suspension

22.7 Management of replacements and substitutions:-

22.7-1. The management of the replacement and substitution process is the responsibility of the Number 4 and 5 officials. Replacements and substitutions are only permitted to enter the field of play after 4 and 5 has communicated to the Referee and this has been acknowledged by the Referee.

22.7-2. When a replacement or substitution of a player is going to take place ,the team MIC on behalf of a team, must present a completed substitution/replacement form to the Number 4 or 5 official that clearly indicates the number of the player leaving the field of play ,the reason for a player leaving the field of play and the number of the player who will be entering the field of play in the player’s place ,once permitted to do so by the number 4 or 5.

22.7-3. The Number 4 or 5 will escort the player entering the field of play to the touch line at the halfway line and will only let that player enter the field of play when it is clear and obvious that the player being replaced is in the process of leaving the field of play at the touch line ,the touch in goal line or the dead ball line and will be off the field of play without delay.

22.7-4. A replacement player may be allowed to enter the field of play before the player leaving the field of play crosses the touch line, the touch in goal line or dead ball line if the player leaving the field of play is injured such that it necessitates the player being escorted from the field of play by medical personnel . In such cases the Number 4 or 5 will indicate to the replacement player when they are permitted to enter the field of play.

22.7-5. If for any reason there are more than fifteen players on the field of play during play, the Number 4 or 5 official(s) will make contact with the referee and inform him of the situation. The referee will order that Captain of the offending team removes the extra player(s) from the field of play and will award a penalty kick to the non offending team.
23. Duties of Match Commissioner

22.1. A Match Commissioners (MC) will be appointed by the SLSRFA for every senior & U.16 Fifteen a side game played hereafter and the appointed MC is fully authorized to the responsible person in getting the stipulated games completion as per the tournament rules and regulation drawn by the SLSRFA.

23.2. MC is expected to reach the ground at least 1 (one) hour before the kick off and is expected to carry out the following duties:

22.2-1. Ensure that the playing enclosure is marked out as per the standard protocol.

22.2-2 Ensure that the Referees arranged ,are contacted prior to the game and facilitate their requirement before ,during and after the game.

22.2-3 Ensure that Doctor, First-Aid and Medical assistants, Ambulance are made available at the ground before the Kickoff.

22.2-4. Ensure all Gates ,Crowd control and Security measures are duly arranged and monitored throughout the duration of the game.

22.2-5. Ensure that all Players identity Cards are checked and kept under the MIC’S custody until the completion of the game.

22.2-6. Ensure all facilities required for players have been arranged. 22.3. MC is also responsible in ensuring that the whole game is played at its right spirit and completed without any issue as per rules and regulation stipulated by SLSRFA.

22.4. In case any complication arises to the players, officials or spectators and in such case the MC feels that the continuation of the game is dangerous to such parties , MC has the full power to temporarily or permanently stop the game and also resume that game after resolution or conclude the decision of the match result as per the given protocol. MC must then inform with a full detailed report of such incident within 24 hours to the Secretary of SLSRFA.

22.5 MC must ensure that the Match Record sheets are accurately updated with team details and the scores at the end of the game and sign off and ensure that a copy of same is sent to the Secretary SLSRFA immediately and not later than 48 hours.

22.6 MC must retain all ID cards of the players until the end of the game , and in case any disciplinary action is taken against any players, MC should record the full details to the Secretary of SLSRFA.

22.7. MC is the sole judge of the game and therefore has the full responsibility of getting a game concluded successfully and include in MC’s Report on any miss happenings to the Secretary of the SLSRFA.

Ranjith Chandrasekara


Match Team Declaration sheet Match No

Name of School
Match Vs

s/No Position Jersey No Family Name First name T C P FG TOTAL
01 Loose Head
02 Hooker
03 Tight Head
04 Locks
05 Locks
06 Flanker
07 Flanker
08 No. 8
09 Scrum Half
10 Outside Half
11 Wing
12 Center
13 Wing
14 F
16 Full back
17 Reserve (F/R)
18 Reserve (F/R)
19 Reserve (F/R)
20 Reserve (F/R)
21 Reserve (F/R)
22 Reserve
23 Reserve
24 Reserve
25 Reserve


(1).Please indicate Captain with “(c)”
(2). To be completed and signed by Master in charge and 3 copies handed over to the Match Commissioners 45 minutes prior to the kick off the match

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Master in charge Signature Match Commissioner Signature

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Name of Master in charge Name of Match Commissioner

Date ———————-


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