Who is covered by the Regulation? The Regulation covers clubs in membership of the Scottish Rugby Union, affiliated Scottish schools and visiting clubs/schools during their stay in Scotland.
Do we have to apply for approval for every fixture? No. Whilst Scottish Rugby reserves the right to approve any fixture, approval is only normally required where:
How do we apply for Permission to Tour? There is a standard form on our website. The form should be completed under the authority of your club committee.
When should we apply? Clubs are advised to apply as early as possible, and at least four weeks before the departure date, as we will require to obtain the approval of the other Union(s).
Do we need to apply if we are only visiting England, Wales or Ireland? Yes. Whilst there is an informal arrangement between the “Home Unions” that permission will be granted, approval is still required under the iRB Regulation.
What are the consequences if we don’t apply? If you tour without permission your club may be subject to misconduct proceedings. The tour party will also not receive the benefit of the free travel extension available under the Club Accident Insurance Policy.
We have an incoming touring team. What should we do about Tour Approval? You should let us know by using the form on our website and the visiting team should apply for permission to tour from its own Union. Your visitor’s Union will ask the SRU to approve the match against your club/school. We will send you a copy of the approval when granted.
Why is there a Summer break from matches? This is a player welfare issue.
Does this mean that my club needs permission to train in the Summer? No. The ban is from playing matches. If you want to hold training / practice sessions then this is fine.
How long does the Summer break last? Close Time normally runs from the end of the second weekend in May up to the first weekend in August i.e. the last permitted date for games in season 2013/14 was Sunday 11 May – season 2014/15 commences on Saturday 2 August. The exact dates each year are set out in the National Competition Rules.
What are the consequences if we don’t apply? Your club may be subject to misconduct proceedings.
Any Further Questions? Please contact Kathleen Munroe at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 346 5102.