The tournament will be played under the rules of and in accordance to the IRB Bye Law’s, Regulations and Laws of the Game of Rugby Union, with variations under the standard set of laws regarding 7’s rugby (http://irbsevens.com/seriesinfo/rules.html) and as adapted hereunder
The 36 men’s teams are grouped in eight pools. The Men’s social division has four pools of four teams, and the Men’s competitive division has 4 pools of five teams each. Ten women’s teams are grouped into 2 pools of five. (This is determined by entry numbers and will be adjusted after final team nominations, this is based on the 2016 entries)
Play will commence with the teams in each pool.
In each pool, three points will be awarded for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss. No points will be awarded for a forfeiting team. No extra time to determine the winner will be played in pool games.
On completion of the men’s pool games there will be four knockout competitions; the first called the Bowl Championship, the second called the Plate Championship which are from the competitive division, the third called the Cup Championship and the fourth called the Saucer Championship, both being in the social competition.
The top 2 teams in each competitive pool will go forward into the quarterfinals of the Bowl Championship. The teams placed 3rd and 4th will take part in the Plate Championships.
The social competition will include the Cup and Saucer Championships in the same format as above.
The women’s competition will run with the top 4 teams contesting the semi finals. The teams that win their respective semi-finals will play for the Bowl Championship and losing teams from the semi final will play for the Plate Championship.
At the end of the pool games if two or more teams in any pool have the same number of points awarded to them under rule 4 the winner shall be decided by:
– The winner of the match between the two teams in the rounds
– The team with the better points differential overall
– Coin toss
The Draw for the quarterfinals in all grades will be decided by a pre-determined draw structure. 1A v 2B, 2A v 1B, etc.
The winning team in the quarterfinal and semi finals will go forward to the next round
In the case of a tie in any of the games in the Bowl, Plate, Cup or Saucer Championships, then extra time will be in periods of five minutes when teams will change ends without an interval. Kick off by coin toss – Golden Point.
The duration of all games except the finals will be seven minutes each way, with a one minute interval
The duration of the Bowl Finals will be 10 minutes each way with a two minute interval
A team may change its players at any time during the game with acknowledgement of the referee. Unlimited interchange must be made within ten metres of the half-way line. Unlimited interchange is allowed between any of 14 nominated players listed on registration sheet. 14 players must be identified to the officials and remain in designated area. The registration sheet is to be completed and handed to tournament control prior to the teams first game of the tournament.
A team which can field only seven or less than seven players because of injuries may borrow players or reserves from other team which have played in the lower level competition and which have already been eliminated from the Tournament. A team, which borrows players and uses him/her as a replacement must retain that player in the squad for the rest of the Tournament. A team, which borrows a player or players, must take the field with all their own available and uninjured players before using the replacement players.
Organisers of the Tournament must be notified of all replacement players.
All kick off’s other than those at the start of the match and at the restart after half time will be drop kicks.
A Player sent off by a referee. Refer to Appendix No 1
Touch judges will be supplied throughout the competition.
The rules of the Tournament, including their interpretation and any additional Rules, are matters solely for the organisers of the Byron Bay Rugby Sevens Tournament, whose decisions will be final
Appendix No 1
Players ordered off the field of play by the appointed referee for misconduct
If a player is temporarily suspended (yellow carded) by the referee he/she must proceed immediately to the match official located at the halfway line. They must remain there for a period of two (2) minutes of playing time. The two minute period will not commence until the offending player has reached the designated seat provided. The temporary suspension time will be managed by the officials desk where a number 4 or number 5 referee has not been appointed. Only the referee may authorise a return to play after a “sin-bin” period, and then at the next stoppage of play. (Note – a penalty awarded is not a stoppage)
Any player who receives 3 yellow cards during the tournament will be suspended for one Game. Yellow card status resets after one (1) match suspension.
Any player sent from the field, will not be permitted to play again until the matter has been dealt with, in accordance with the applicable Tournament Disciplinary rules
The Judicial Team will consist of a Citing Commissioner, Judicial Officer and Judicial Appeals Officer. All proceedings will be based on the ARU Judicial Procedure documents which can be found at http://www.nswrugby.com.au/NSWRugby/Community/Refereeing/SendOffReports.aspx
A report of the disciplinary committee findings will be sent to the offending players home union for further action, in need.
All disputes, queries or objections must be brought to the attention of the tournament officials within 15 minutes of the completion of the game in dispute, whose subsequent ruling shall be final.
Any team found to be in breach of the above regulations, will be automatically disqualified further participation in the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.