Tournament Rules

  1. Matches are all to be 7-minute halves with a 1-minute half time. 

    During the Pool round, a match tied at the end of normal time shall remain tied.

    During the Knock-Out round, in the event of a match being tied at the end of normal time, extra time will be played until a winner is determined. Extra time will be in periods of five minutes. After each period the teams will change ends without an interval. In extra time the Team which scores first will immediately be declared the winner without further play.  The Team that first kicked off will do so again in the first period of extra time, and subsequent kick-offs will alternate between the two sides.

  2. The tournament roster (maximum of 15 players and 3 coaches/non-player personnel) must be submitted prior to arrival at the CRC.
  3. The 12-person NCR Match Roster shall be submitted to the No. 4 table two games prior to kickoff.
  4. All matches are governed by the "Seven-a-Side Variations" to the current World Rugby Laws of the Game Rugby Union. There is a limit of 5 substitutions in each match.
  5. Players may only play for one club in the tournament. A team that uses an ineligible player will forfeit that match and be subject to additional disciplinary actions by NCR.
  6. ‍A player sent off (red card) during any match is ineligible for the remainder of the tournament, unless the red card is a result of two yellow cards in the same match AND one of the yellows was the result of a repeated team offense. All red cards shall be reported to the Match No. 4 Official and the National Committee.
  7. Players/teams wishing to appeal a red card will have 1 hour to appeal it by emailing and must provide video evidence.
  8. Kicks for goal must be taken from within the pitch NOT on the outside of the dead ball line.
  9. Any team arriving more than 2 minutes late to the scheduled coin toss time will forfeit the match.
  10. Toss - The toss to decide who will kick off and to choose ends will take place at half time in the preceding match. For in-stadium games, the toss shall take place at halftime of game prior at the NCR tunnel. Outside the stadium, the toss shall take place at the No. 4 Table at halftime of the match prior.
  11. Team Jerseys - Whether or not jerseys are conflicting will be determined by the referee. If they determine opposing jerseys clash, and both teams have alternates, the winner of the coin toss will choose their preferred jersey. If only one team has an alternate, they will change jerseys to accommodate those without.

  12. All players, coaches, and spectators must abide by the NCR Code of Conduct.
  13. Determining Pool Table Standings -

    Position in the pool competition table shall be determined by win/loss record, followed by head-to-head results, followed by point differential and points scored.