In line with World Rugby’s Game on Global Law Variations, BC Rugby is pleased to announce key updates to its Rules of Competition for Senior Rugby aimed at making Rugby a safer, more accessible sport for all.
The changes, which have been approved by the BC Rugby Board as recommended by the BC Rugby Competitions Committee, will come into effect for the 2022/23 season and endeavour to further advance accessibility and player welfare at the community level.
Beginning this Fall season, rolling substitutions will be introduced across all BC Rugby Senior Leagues, excluding the Men’s and Women’s Premier Leagues.
While there will still be a 23-player limit on each team’s roster, players will be free to substitute in and out of games without the previous limit of eight exchanges. Substitutions must still happen at the proper stoppages of play as facilitated by the Match Official.
Matches in Division 1 and below will also be able to play for points with fewer than 15 players on the field. Trialled with the lowest divisions in Men’s and Women’s competition this past Spring, the allowance is aimed to deter cancellations when Teams find themselves a few players short. Changes will now require 24 hours notice to opponents, who will be required to mirror the same number of players on the field.
“It’s great to see key Game on Global Law Variations being adopted for BC Rugby’s Senior Leagues. The objective of Game On Global is to make the community game safer and more enjoyable, and I congratulate the BC Rugby Competition Committee for making that a priority in the design of their Senior Competitions.” Jennifer Gray, Regional Partnerships Manager (RAN) with World Rugby