4.1 | In all rounds of the competitions three replacements or substitutes are permitted. By mutual agreement between the teams prior to the commencement of the game, the number of replacements or substitutes may be increased to a maximum of six whence the number agreed shall be notified to the referee and the fourth official.
Rolling substitutes should be allowed in the County Cup Competitions (Senior Cup and Plate, Cups 2-5). For all Cups, 10 player interchanges will be allowed regardless of the number of agreed replacements. The Team Managers or 4th officials, if available, must take responsibility and agree that the maximum number of changes have not been exceeded.
4.2 | Each team must have at least four players in their nominated match squad, all at least eighteen years of age (unless they are a player falling within RFU Regulation 15.7.1) who are suitably trained and experienced to be capable of playing in the front row to ensure that on the first occasion (whether due to injury or consequent to a player(s) being temporarily suspended or ordered off) that a front row player is required to be replaced, the team can continue to play safely with contested scrums.
Should the situation arise, for whatever reason, that when required to do so, a team is incapable of providing a first replacement or other player as detailed above capable of playing in the front row of the scrum, then, the Referee having confirmed this fact with the Captain of the team, shall order the match to be completed with uncontested scrums. One member of the offending team must then leave the field.
4.3 | Cups 4 & 5 – To encourage matches to be played, teams competing in the No.4 or No.5 Cups can play with less than 15. Matches should be played with even numbers (15 v 15, 14 v 14, down to 12 v 12 in the No5 Cup) but if this is not possible, there can only be one extra player on the opposition side (15 v 14, 14 v 13, 13 v 12).
The match should start with contested scrums.
If no suitable replacement is available to play in the front row then games can go to uncontested scrums, with one member of the offending team leaving the field, and the final result will stand.
If one side cannot provide a full front row and the game has to start with uncontested scrums, the offending side will suffer a 14 point deficit.
If both teams are unable to start with contested scrums, the match can be played with wholly uncontested scrums and result will stand.
At the point of uncontested scrums with the lack of lifting front row, uncontested lineouts can commence with both teams agreement.
4.4 | If two teams from the same club are scheduled to play on the same day and one game has to be called off, the more senior fixture must be honoured.
4.5 | In all rounds of the Competitions, each team must fill in a match card listing the players and replacements names. The match cards will be given to the referee prior to the commencement of the game and then held by the fourth official during the game. After the game, the cards must be signed by the referee and the home club must send them to the County office within three days of the match. Only official County designated cards must be used. Match cards will be checked when received. If match cards are not received within 72 hours, action will be taken and this may mean expulsion from the competition.
It should be noted that players who are named on the match day card, but who do not play on the day, are not cup tied. These players must be identified on the match card when submitted to the County Office. Failure to identify these players would mean would be considered cup tied.