The Varsity Cup starts Monday 7 February and brings with it a few interesting rules that I thought might be of interest, should you not have been aware.
First and foremost, every team consists of 23 players, 15 on the field with 8 substitutes. Of the 8 substitutes, each team is forced to have 2 props and a hooker.
Front row players are not allowed to be replaced by any player other than a front rower.
The team that causes uncontested scrums is forced to finish the match with 14 players.
There is also something called a strategy break that will last 2 minutes in each half and will be called at the referee’s discretion between the 18 and 22 minute mark. Coaches are allowed onto the park in these few minutes.
As for eligibility rules:
Players must be 25 years old and younger. Players may turn 25 during the competition.
At least 15 of the 23 match day players must be bona fide registered students of the university.
A player must have been part of the 23 man match day squad twice to be eligible to play in the semi final or final.
The games begin in two weeks time and we are sure to be entertained!Tweet