HISTORY

The History of Club Rugby in KwaZulu-Natal

The history of club rugby in KwaZulu-Natal has a proud heritage and is steeped in tradition, which gave the game a sound foundation in the early years – we now need to rebuild what was once a great rugby culture.

The opening two paragraphs in the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union’s centenary book – Natal 100 – Centenary of the Natal Rugby Union published by the Union and edited by one of the doyens of rugby journalism, Reg Sweet, gives one such a wonderfully descriptive setting on that special day in Pietermaritzburg way back on 24 June in 1890 when Sir T.K. Murray chaired a meeting to make what was best described as the most important recreational decision yet contemplated in the then fledgling colony.

Indeed it was on that special day all those years ago that the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union as we know it today was founded and here we are in 2006, 116 years later together with the Sharks (Pty) Ltd still going strong, which would surely have made our founding President Sir T.K. Murray a very proud man today, based on the decision made at that inaugural meeting, which ultimately kick-started the sport into the vibrant success that it has become.

To really appreciate the history of the game in KZN we should go back in time and investigate the important role that the clubs in the province played in those early years starting with the oldest club in the province the Kokstad Rugby Club – but first let’s look back to where it all began in Pietermaritzburg.

The schools in and around the young capital of the Colony had probably beaten everyone else to the kick-off so to speak, for it was the young lads of Pietermaritzburg High School (now known as Maritzburg College) that were first reported to have started playing the game as far back as 1870. Amazingly enough, that was seven years after the school was founded in 1863.

There is more evidence of the date being absolutely authentic and true in a report published in the Natal Witness on 11 October 1870, which read without any element of controversy, “The match – the best of three games between the city High School and Hermannsberg School – was played on Saturday afternoon commencing just after two o’ clock. There were 15 players on each side. The lower end of Market Square was the ground chosen, the former taking the end close to the Dutch church and the latter the upper end.”

And so that’s how it all began with the game having been reported to have taken two hours to complete, and for the record, Maritzburg College won their first game of rugby they ever played. Even more surprising, it’s interesting to note that this all took place five years before the oldest club in South Africa, Hamilton Sea Point Rugby Club was founded in 1875.

In the Western Cape it is also reported that Bishops had also being playing a form of rugby before the clubs came into being. Clearly a structure needed to be put in place so the game could grow and school-leavers needed to be encouraged to continue playing, and so started the birth of clubs all over the country.

We will start to look at the interesting history of the clubs in KwaZulu Natal, which have become an integral part of the traditions and heritage of the game in the province.

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STRUCTURE & CONTACTS

The Structure of KZN Club Rugby is divided into five geographic areas: Durban, Midlands, Southern Region, Zululand and Northern KZN.

Logistically the largest of the 5 Sub-Unions that constitute the Natal Rugby Union is the Durban Rugby Sub-Union which is based at Mr Price KINGS PARK.

Responsible for the administration of matters pertaining to rugby in the Durban area, the DRSU Council is comprised of representatives from all of the Premier Division clubs in the Durban area, representatives from the “Junior Clubs” and representatives from the Durban Development Committee, Primary and High Schools as well as the Durban Referees Sub-Society.

A secretary is permanently employed to administer the functions of the Sub-Union The DRSU is responsible for the running of the DRSU League competition, marketing and promotion of the game of rugby and the handling of disciplinary matters for fixtures played in Durban.

CONTACTS

KWAZULU-NATAL RUGBY UNION
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
GRAHAM MACKENZIE : PRESIDENT
FRANCOIS LOUIS : D/PRESIDENT
SCHALK LIEBENBERG : SNR VICE PRESIDENT
F C BESTER : JNR VICE PRESIDENT
LULU BODLA : KZNRU
DOUG HOSKINS : KZNRU
SANDILE NGWENYA : KZNRU
BONGANI MSOMI : KZNRU
PEET VD MERWE : NKZNRSU
JUNO FOURIE : DRSU
PIET HERBST : MRSU
DOUG HARALAMBOUS : SKZNRSU
PETER HASSARD : ZRSU
RIC KENNEDY : TREASURER
JOHN SMIT : SHARKS CEO
PETE SMITH : KZNRU CEO

SUB-UNIONS / FIXTURES COMMITTEE
SCHALK LIEBENBERG : CHAIRMAN
PIET HERBST : MRSU
PEET VD MERWE : NKZNRSU
FRANCOIS LOUIS : KZNRU
PETER HASSARD : ZRSU
JUNO FOURIE : DRSU
DOUG HARALAMBOUS : SKZNRSU
PETE SMITH : KZNRU
SISEKO JAFTA : KZNRU/SHARKS

CLUBS AND SUB-UNIONS
SISEKO JAFTA : KZNRU (031) 308 8429

FINANCE COMMITTEE
RIC KENNEDY : CHAIRMAN
GRAHAM MACKENZIE : KZNRU
FRANCOIS LOUIS : KZNRU
PETER HASSARD : KZNRU
PIET HERBST : KZNRU
DOUG HARALAMBOUS : KZNRU
JUNO FOURIE : KZNRU
PETE SMITH : KZNRU
WESSEL STRYDOM : SHARKS
QUENTIN REYNOLDS : KZNRU

MARKETING COMMITTEE – Project Specific
JUNO FOURIE : CHAIRMAN

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
ANDY PRIOR : CHAIRMAN
FRANCOIS LOUIS : KZNRU
LULU BODLA : KZNRU
DOUG HOSKINS : KZNRU
KAMAL RUGBAR : REFEREES
DEKER GOVENDER : KZNRU
PIET HERBST : MRSU
SANDILE NGWENYA : KZNRU
BHUTI MNGADI : KZNRU
F C BESTER : KZNRU

COACHING COMMITTEE
HENNING SWANEPOEL : CHAIRMAN
LUNGI KAMA : KZNRU
DAWIE SNYMAN : SKZNRSU
RYNO COMBRINCK : MRSU
ANDRE SWANEPOEL : NKZNRSU
JEFF HARPER : DRSU
NOEL INGLE : H/SCHOOLS
BARRY WILSON : P/SCHOOLS
QUENTIN REYNOLDS : DEVELOPMENT
JACQUES BOTES : SHARKS
CONTACT QUENTIN REYNOLDS REGARDING COACHING COURSES AND CLINICS ON (031) 308 8422
REFEREES COMMITTEE

KAMAL RUGBAR : PRESIDENT
ALISTAIR VAN WYK : V/PRESIDENT
GIEL MINNIE : V/PRESIDENT
BURTON HUFKIE : REF. MANAGER
ARCHIE SEHLAKO : ADMINISTRATOR
DEAN QUINN : ADD MEMBER
DONOVAN MULDER : ADD MEMBER
KEITH WESSELS : ADD MEMBER
WERNER BOTHA : ADD MEMBER
CHRIS VD WESTHUIZEN : ADD MEMBER
DUIKERS COMMITTEE
FRANS DE BEER : CHAIRMAN
HECTOR McDULING : SECRETARY
KOBIE ALLERS : CLUBROOM

ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO THE CHAIRMAN

KZNRU SUB-UNION OFFICIALS

DURBAN RUGBY SUB-UNION
PRESIDENT: JUNO FOURIE 082 657 6282 junof@fidelitysecurity.co.za

SECRETARY: SANDRA GUTIERREZ
(031) 308 8434
sandra@thesharks.co.za

FIXTURES REP: PADDY DOYLE
082 825 0331
doylep@ukzn.ac.za
MIDLANDS RUGBY SUB-UNION

PRESIDENT: PIET HERBST
083 232 4938
pietherbst@telkomsa.net

SECRETARY: WINSOME MEYER
(033) 345 7183
mrsu@xsinet.co.za

FIXTURES REP: DOUG HOSKINS
079 916 8353

SOUTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL RUGBY SUB-UNION

PRESIDENT: DOUGIE HARALAMBOUS
(039) 317 4408
dougie@offshore.co.za

SECRETARY: ZAHN MOCKE
(039) 317 4408
skznrugby@gmail.com

FIXTURES REP: MARK PRIDE
083 858 7141

ZULULAND RUGBY SUB-UNION

PRESIDENT: PETER HASSARD
082 880 9012
peter@silvasands.co.za

SECRETARY: RODGER JACKSON
083 787 8041
rodger1@telkomsa.net

FIXTURES REP: RODGER JACKSON

NORTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL RUGBY SUB-UNION

PRESIDENT: PEET VAN DER MERWE
(034) 314 8696
Peet.vanderMerwe@arcelormittal.com

ASSISTANT: LINDIE KLEYNHANS
(034) 312 5215
nnru@telkomsa.net

FIXTURES REP: GERT PUTTER
082 936 9622
gertput@lantic.co.za

RULES & REGULATIONS

KWAZULU-NATAL RUGBY UNION

RULES AND REGULATIONS 2016

 

  1. PLAYER REGISTRATION

 

1.1        Only a Player who is currently registered with the KZNRU shall be entitled to participate in competitions organised, recognised and/or sanctioned by the KZNRU.

 

1.2        A Player may not be registered simultaneously with more than one Club.

 

1.3        A Player shall be deemed, unless the contrary can be proved, to be a member of the last Club in the Province that he was registered with. Provided that if a Player has been absent from the Province or the Player has not played rugby for a Club affiliated with a Sub-Union in the Province during the entire proceeding season the Player shall be a free agent and shall be entitled to join a Club of his choice further provided that he has discharged all his financial obligations to the previous Club in the Province to which he belonged.

 

1.4        For the purposes of this Regulation a rugby season shall commence on the 1st February of each year and terminate on the conclusion of the Currie Cup final in each year.

 

1.5        All Players playing at a Premier and First Division Clubs are required to register themselves and complete the Boksmart Player participation agreement as part of the new PlayerCap Online Player Registration System. The website address is www.playercap.co.za .This needs to be done before a Player may commence playing for a Club in any game of rugby. Boksmart team sheets from the PlayerCap system are to be printed and presented to the match official prior to kick-off of a scheduled Rugby match.

 

1.6        All other Players above must complete and sign the requisite KZNRU Registration Form which shall be lodged with the KZNRU before a Player may commence playing for a Club in any game of rugby.

 

  1. PLAYER MOVEMENT AND TRANSFERS BETWEEN CLUBS

 

2.1        No Player shall be entitled to apply for a transfer from his current Club in which he is registered to another Club after the 31st January of each year. This prohibition shall last until the end of the rugby season contemplated in 1.4 above.

 

2.2        All Player transfers shall be lodged with their Sub-Unions on or before the 31st January unless one of the following circumstances applies:

 

2.2.1     when a Player changes domicile from one Sub-Union to another. For the purposes of this Regulation, domicile means the physical residence within the jurisdiction of a Sub-Union and the Player’s intention to remain there permanently;

2.2.2     When a Player changes domicile from one town to another within the Sub-Union;

2.2.3     When a Club withdraws a team or teams from a league participation due to inadequate players resulting in the remaining players being deprived of any opportunity of participation in the league through the affected Club;

2.2.4     When a Player who is school leaver is deprived of participation in a league team due to his Club having an excess of players who are then not afforded reasonable opportunity of game time in a league team;

2.2.5     Where a Player returns from overseas after the 31 January provided that the said Player shall have two (2) weeks after his return to the Republic of South Africa to apply for a transfer and submit proof to the satisfaction of the KZNRU of his being overseas and the date of his return to the Republic of South Africa.

 

 

2.2.6     Where a First Division Player who wishes to “try out” for a Premier Division Club the Player may do so provided he obtains transfer clearance to gain 1st XV selection. Should the Player be unsuccessful the Player shall have one month from the commencement of the league to again apply for transfer back to the Club he was previously registered with.

 

2.3        Should a new Player who has signed to play for a Club wish to transfer to another Club before he has played a league match he may only do so with the written consent of the Club Chairman of the Club he was first registered by way of a signed clearance form. A Club shall only be entitled to refuse to issue a clearance for a Player if:-

 

2.3.1     that Player has not fulfilled any of his contractual obligations to that Club under a written contract with the Player; and/or

2.3.2     that Player is under suspension on disciplinary or misconduct grounds from the previous season.

 

2.4        Player transfers will only be considered by the Sub-Union having jurisdiction if that Player has registered with the KZNRU in accordance with Regulation 1.1 above and upon the receipt of a written application by the Player or his agent accompanied by a written consent in the form of a signed clearance form from the Club Chairman of his existing Club. A Club shall only be entitled to refuse to issue a clearance for a Player if:-

 

2.4.1     that Player has not fulfilled any of his contractual obligations to that Club under a written contract with the Player; and/or

2.4.2     that Player is under suspension on disciplinary or misconduct grounds from the previous season.

 

2.5        Any Player transferring from a Club under the jurisdiction of the KZNRU to a Club in another Union in South Africa or overseas during the course of a season that Player shall require written clearance from his Club and the KZNRU. The granting of the clearances shall be subject to the provisions of SARU’s Player Status, Player Contracts and Player Movement Regulations.

 

2.6        Should a Club refuse to grant consent to the Player transferring to another Club (and which refusal shall be communicated to the Player in writing) the Player or his agent shall be entitled to appeal that refusal by lodging a written appeal to his Sub-Union within five (5) days of the date of receipt of the refusal setting out the full circumstances and reasons for his appeal.

 

2.7        Should a Sub-Union of its own accord or upon a complaint received determine after an enquiry that a Club has fielded a Player who has not been registered and/or who has not received the required clearance from a Club, the Sub-Union shall be entitled to impose the sanction of a fine and/or deduct league points from the Club/and or suspend the Player for a reasonable specified time.

 

2.8        Should a Club or Player feel aggrieved by the Sub-Union’s determination and /or sanction referred to in Regulation 2.6 above the Club and/or the affected Player shall be entitled to appeal that refusal by lodging a written appeal to the KZNRU within five (5) days of the date of the determination being received, setting out the full circumstances and reasons for the appeal.

 

2.9        The KZNRU shall deal with the appeals referred to in Regulation 2.5 and 2.7 above in terms of the procedure set out in Regulation 13 of the KZNRU Disciplinary and Judicial Matters Regulation.

 

2.10      The Appeal Chairperson and/or Appeal Committee when hearing an appeal under this Regulation may take into consideration that the Player is a senior, junior or high performance player contracted with the Sharks (Pty) Limited.

 

  1. PROCUREMENT AND RECRUITMENT REGULATION

 

3.1        Club chairman shall be required to distribute to and discuss with their club officials the KZNRU Rules and Regulations governing Club rugby.

 

3.2        Club officials or mandated third parties of a Club may not actively target or approach any registered or contracted Players of another Club within the jurisdiction of the KZNRU for the purposes of recruitment.

 

3.3       Club officials or mandated third parties of a Club may:

3.3.1   hold functions or events with the purpose of promoting their Club, where;

3.3.1.1  Invitations to such functions or events are open ended and do not target specific Player(s); and

3.3.1.2  No specific offers are made to the attending Players affiliated to another Club.

 

3.3.2     Target or approach any Player not affiliated with another Club within the jurisdiction of the KZNRU, for the purpose of recruitment, where the onus lies with the recruiting Club to establish that the targeted Player is not registered with any other Club and if registered, all approaches and communication with the player must cease forthwith.

3.4       A Club will be allowed to sign 10 Sharks Academy students out of their own accord.

 

3.5       The remainder of Sharks Academy students will be allocated via a draft system:

3.5.1     The last placed Frank Norris U20A Division league team will have the first draft and the winners the last draft. This process will be followed till all Sharks Academy students are drafted.

3.5.2     After drafting, Clubs may engage each other over Player positional movement.

 

3.6        Club Chairmen shall be involved in the Junior Contracted player allocation process. Clubs shall enter into written contracts with Players receiving material benefit.

 

3.7       No Club movement will be allowed for the first year of the Junior Contract.

 

3.8        There shall be a flexibility of allocations allowed. Clubs may engage each other over positional movement, sacrificing their allocations for the next year.

 

3.9        Allocations of Senior Contracted Players (SCP) shall be continued with free movement being allowed subject to the Sharks Coaching Directors approval.

 

3.10     A transfer fee of R4000 for up to two years that a Senior Non Contracted Player playing in the Premier Division has represented his old Club 1st XV (at least One League match) shall be paid by the transferee Club to the old Club such fee to be deducted from Club Grants received from the KZNRU;

 

3.11     A once off transfer fee of R2000 for a Senior Non Contracted Player playing in the First Division that has represented his old Club 1st XV (at least One League Match) and a Premier Division Reserves Player (at least One League match) shall be paid by the transferee Club to the old Club such fee to be deducted from Club Grants received from the KZNRU;

 

3.12     In the event of a domicile transfer which must be verified by the necessary supporting documents i.e. employer, tertiary institution, utility bills no transfer fee shall be payable;

 

3.13     A transfer fee of R4000 for up to two years that a Junior Contracted Player playing in the U20A Division has represented his old Club 1st XV (at least One League match) shall be paid by the transferee Club to the old Club such fee to be deducted from Club Grants received from the KZNRU;

 

3.14      Transfers motivated by Tertiary and Third Party Bursaries will incur a once off R4000 transfer fee or 25% of the value of the Bursary whichever is the greatest.

 

3.15      Club Coaches transfers are to be regulated by the KZNRU Coaching Association.

 

3.16      Club Coaches may not engage players by enticing them to join a Club that they are themselves joining.

 

3.17      All Club and Provincial Coaches are to abide by the KZNRU Rules and Regulations. If a Coach is found guilty of being in breach, the Club will forfeit their Coaching Grant.

 

3.18      Penalties for the breach of these Regulations are contained in APPENDIX 2-PART B of the KZNRU Disciplinary and Judicial Matters Regulation.

 

  1. PREMIER AND UNDER 20 A DIVISION RULING FOR MRSU AND ZRSU

 

4.1        Special dispensation has been granted to the Midlands and Zululand Rugby Sub-Unions with regard to the sanctioning of player movement between Clubs within their Sub-Union – the aim of which is to compete as effectively as possible in the Premier and Under 20 A and B leagues. In terms of this player movement it is to be controlled by the respective Sub-Union.

 

  1. RULES FOR THE “TWINNING” OF CLUBS

 

5.1        MEANING OF THE TERM:  In rugby terms, the term twinning of clubs shall mean that an arrangement exists whereby players can freely move between the Clubs within the same Sub-Union during the same season without hindrance or penalty.

 

5.2        OBJECTIVE OF THE ARRANGEMENT: The objective of the arrangement is to give promising players an opportunity to play in better company by playing in a higher division, and yet not be lost to his own club if it is found that he does not meet the required standard. (or is no longer required).

 

5.3        MODE WHEREBY TWINNING BETWEEN CLUBS IS AUTHORISED: Should two clubs wish to enter into a twinning arrangement, then they would need to apply in writing to their respective Sub-Union for approval, such approval being subject to KZNRU ratification.

 

5.4        A twinning arrangement between clubs is not automatically renewable and must be approved by the respective Sub-Union on an annual basis.

 

5.5        The arrangement can only take place between TWO clubs at any time, with the proviso that either one may be twinned with another club. This implies that the latter club is not automatically twinned with BOTH other clubs simultaneously, but only with one.

 

5.6        One of the clubs in the arrangement must field a team in a HIGHER LEAGUE than the other in other words one of the participants should preferably field a team in the Premier, First Division or U20A leagues in order for the objectives of the arrangement to be achieved.

 

5.7        If one of the participants withdraws from the higher league during the season then the arrangement shall fall away.

 

5.8        A player may only play for a twinned club in a HIGHER LEAGUE (TEAM) than the one available at his own club during the season. Should he no longer be required for the higher team, HE WILL REVERT TO PLAYING FOR HIS FORMER CLUB. In the spirit of transformation, development players will be permitted to move to a twinned Club without restriction whether he plays in a higher or lower league.

 

5.9        The arrangement must be approved by the first league fixture of the season, except in special circumstances.

 

  1. DOMICILE CLAUSE

 

6.1        Players may only register with and play for a Rugby Club which is located in the Sub-Union in which the player resides. (Home address).

 

6.2        A player completing a season of league matches with a Club may only play knockout matches in that season for that same Club (no transfer after league even if there is a change of domicile).

 

This rule will be strictly enforced. Should exceptional circumstances exist, a Player / Club may apply to the KZNRU via the Sub-Union for exemption from this ruling.

 

6.4        Should a player be found to be playing without permission for a Club outside the Sub-Union in which he is domiciled then disciplinary action will be initiated by the Sub-Union which may involve a fine and / or suspension of the player, and a fine or loss of league points for that Club.

 

6.5        Should any party feel aggrieved by the decision of the Sub-Union then they may appeal to the KZNRU against the decision in writing, giving full and comprehensive reasons for the appeal. Any decision taken by the KZNRU shall be final.

 

Note:    Exempted from this Domicile Clause rule are members of the three UKZN Rugby playing campuses who form part of one UKZN Club.

 

  1. UNDER 20 LEAGUES

 

7.1        ELIGIBILITY: Only players whose birth date is on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible to participate in this league.

 

  • BOKSMART REGULATION:
    • Under 19 players (born in 1997) may not play in the front row for any Senior level rugby.
    • Players who are Under 18 (born in 1998 or after) may not play U20 or Senior rugby in any position.

 

7.3        All players playing in the U19 or U20 leagues may be required by any authorised official to provide a copy of the relevant page of their I.D. Book.

 

7.4        Any Club found guilty of fielding an Over-age and or Under-aged player in the any leagues will be penalised FIVE (5) log points and fined R1000 per match per transgression.

 

  1. ALTERATIONS TO FIXTURES

 

8.1        Should special circumstances arise which make it impossible for any Club to fulfil a specific fixture, the Club requesting a fixture change shall apply to its Sub-Union Secretary in writing, not less than 48 hours prior to the fixture concerned, giving a full and comprehensive motivation for the request. In such written motivation, the Club shall indicate whether the opposing Club in the fixture has been approached regarding a fixture change and, if so, what that Club’s response was. The Secretary of the Sub-Union will then initiate the appropriate procedures to ascertain the desirability and/or feasibility of changing the fixture.

 

8.2        In a case of a dispute, the KZNRU Fixtures Committee shall make a final decision.

 

  1. REVERSION: LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

 

9.1        To prevent the possible loading of lower teams, any player demoted to a lower team during the course of the season must play at least two consecutive league games for that team before he can regain promotion to a higher team, unless it can be proven that the player was suffering from a bona fide injury. Any club found wilfully loading any of their lower teams will be subject to disciplinary action by the KZNRU. This rule will not apply in the case of a player replacing a current Club Provincial player who has been involved in Provincial commitments.

 

  1. 10. REVERSION: KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS

 

10.1      A player may be promoted from one knockout competition to another, but may not be demoted from one knockout competition to a lower one, unless both teams are playing on the same day. A club that has qualified for a knockout competition may not use any players who have played the two previous league games in a higher division. This rule will not apply in the case of a player who has replaced a Provincial player who has been involved in Provincial commitments.

 

10.2      Only players who have played three (3) League matches during that season for a Club may represent that Club in a Knockout Competition. Sub-Unions and Presidents to assist in this regard.

 

Note:    Exemption from this rule are, Schoolboys who meet the SARU and Boksmart age requirements and are new to KZNRU Club Rugby.

 

  1. 11. CLUB PROGRAMMES

 

11.1      Premier and First Division Clubs shall provide spectators with match programmes at all home fixtures, including the times and venues of respective fixtures and the names and match numbers of players.

 

11.2      Included in the match day programme shall be the KZNRU Code of Conduct and for Premier Division Clubs, acknowledgement of the Official League Sponsor (Fidelity Security Moor Cup – Premier Division).

 

  1. DRESS OF PLAYERS

 

12.1      Every club shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that all teams are properly turned out on the field and in particular ensure that their 1st, 2nd and U20 ‘A’ teams are correctly numbered.

 

12.2      The size of the Sponsors Logo and/or registered trademarks as laid down by the IRB shall be:

 

  • Rugby balls, jerseys and medical kit bags: the total area on each individual item of all registered logos and trademarks together shall not exceed 160 sq cm.
  • Shorts, socks and boots: the total area on each individual item of all registered logos and trademarks together shall not exceed 80 sq cm.
  • Tracksuits: the total area of any registered logos and trademarks together shall not exceed 325 sq cm.

 

12.3      The KZNRU and respective Sub-Unions reserve the right to take appropriate steps to remedy any breach of this provision.

 

12.4      The penalty for breach of these regulations shall be a fine of R1000 for the first offence, a fine of R2500 for the second offence and a fine of R5000 and deduction of log points for the third offence.

 

  1. 13. SUPPLY OF RUGBY BALLS

 

13.1      In all Premier and First Division matches played at Clubs, two balls must be provided by the home Club. For all other matches, the home and visiting teams are each expected to supply one ball. Sub-Unions are to supply two balls for all games played at home venues on their main field. In all matches the Referee may wish to inspect the match balls prior to the commencement of the match and has the power to discard any ball which in his opinion, is unsuitable for match play. (See Law 2, Laws of the Game of Rugby Football).

 

  1. TOUCH JUDGES

 

14.1      Suitably competent Touch Judges shall be provided by each team. For all Premier and First Division and U20A games the Referees Sub-Society will provide Touch Judges.

 

14.2      The Touch Judge must, before the commencement of the game, report to the Referee appointed to the match. He must be supplied with a flag.

 

  1. 15. DURATION OF MATCHES

 

  • In all league fixtures two periods of 40 minutes each way shall be played with a 10 minute half time, except that specified kick off times must be strictly observed.

 

 

  1. SUBSTITUTES

 

16.1      Up to seven substitutes may be used during a match.

 

16.2      Players who have been substituted may not participate further in the match. Exceptions are for an injured front row player if no other suitably trained replacement is available and for a player in the blood bin.

 

16.3      When substituting a player, the following procedure must be adopted:

16.3.1   The team manager / other responsible official will notify the touch-judge of the number of the player being substituted and the substitute’s number.

16.3.2   The substitute will join the touch-judge on the touch-line and only enter the field of play when the substituted player has left the field of play and with the referee’s permission.

 

16.4      Should teams substitute players at half time it is important that the referee is notified of the changes before play resumes.

 

16.5      In the event of a permanent replacement due to injury or a temporary replacement for a “blood” injury, the replacement player must join the touch-judge on the touch-line and may only enter the field of play with the permission of the referee after the injured/bleeding player has left the field of play. If the player who has been temporarily replaced for “blood” does not return to the field of play within 15 minutes of leaving the playing area, the replacement becomes permanent and the replaced player must not return to the field of play. A returning “blood” injured player may only enter the field of play when the temporary replacement player has left field of play.

 

16.6      At no time may more than fifteen players of one team be on the field of play.

 

  1. 17. DEPTH CLAUSE – DEFINITION

 

17.1      For a Club to participate in the Premier Division it must field a minimum of four (4) league teams. The four Durban City based Cubs are required to field one team in the U20A Division team. Country District Clubs are required to field at least one U20 team.

 

17.2      For a Club to participate in the First Division it must field a minimum of two (2) league teams.

 

17.3      For a Club to participate in the U20A Division, the four Durban City based Clubs must field a minimum of two (2) U20 league teams.

 

  1. PROMOTION/RELEGATION

 

18.1      Premier Division:

 

For a Club to qualify to challenge for Premier Division status it must be:

 

18.1.1   A Club which has won the First Division (Dewar Shield).

18.1.2   Fielding at least three (3) league teams and must guarantee that they will meet the Depth Clause of four (4) league teams in the following year.

18.1.3   Only players who have played three (3) League matches during that season for a Club may represent that Club in a Promotion / Relegation Match. Sub-Unions and Presidents to assist in this regard.

 

If all these conditions have been met and upon written application, a promotion/relegation game shall be played against the last placed team in the Premier Division competition. This match is to be played within two weeks after completion of the Knockout competition and shall be played at the defending side’s home grounds.

 

 

 

            18.2      First Division:

 

For a Club to qualify to challenge for First Division status it must be:

 

18.2.1   A Sub-Union league playing Club which does not already participate in the Premier or First Division competitions.

18.2.2   A Club which has won the Findlay Cup 3rd Division Knock-out.

18.2.3   A Club which meet the Depth Clause of two (2) league teams in the following year.

18.2.4   Only players who have played three (3) League matches during that season for a Club may represent that Club in a Promotion / Relegation Match. Sub-Unions and Presidents to assist in this regard.

 

If all these conditions have been met and upon written application, a promotion/relegation game shall be played against the side finishing last in the First Division competition. This match to be played as soon as possible after completion of the Knockout competition, and shall be played, at full strength, at the defending side’s home grounds.

 

            18.3      U20A Frank Norris

 

18.3.1   No Club which is already represented in the U20 ‘A’ Division shall be eligible to have an additional side in that competition. Further, the KZNRU Fixtures Committee shall decide, upon application, which Club team qualifies to challenge for U20 ‘A’ Division participation.

18.3.2   The promotion/relegation match shall be played between the team finishing last in the Frank Norris Trophy and the team finishing with in the top three (3) in the Frank Norris Reserves respectively, and who’s Club is not already represented in the Frank Norris Trophy. This match to be played within two weeks after completion of the knockout competition and shall be played at the defending side’s home grounds.

 

Should provincial call ups result in a Club missing 3 or more players – who must have played at least half of the league matches – then that Club may apply for a postponement which will be considered by the KZNRU Fixtures Committee.

 

18.4      In order to gain promotion, the challenger has to beat the defending team within the normal match time of 40 minutes per half. All decisions regarding promotion/relegation in Club Rugby is at the discretion of the KZNRU Fixtures Committee:

 

  1. PLAYERS SELECTED FOR KWAZULU-NATAL

 

19.1      Off–Season practices: (Sharks XV, Sharks U21, Sharks U19).

Off-season practices may be called by the Provincial Coach at any time he deems fit. These practices must be held on Mondays so as not to clash with normal Club practice days.

 

19.2      Pre-season practice and Camp: (Sharks XV, Sharks U21, Sharks U19).

Once selected – usually early in February – Wildebeest squad players will be required to attend team practices and will not be available for their Clubs. Exact dates depends upon the date on which the Vodacom Cup competition commences.

 

Provincial commitments for players selected for the Sharks U21 team will commence 5 weeks prior to their first SARU league match. For players selected for the Sharks U19 team their provincial commitments (which supersedes Club commitments) will commence not more that 4 weeks before the first SARU league match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.3      Provincial Match Week: (Sharks XV, Sharks U21, Sharks U19).

Once a team has been selected, the players, including reserves, during the week before the fixture, come under the jurisdiction of the Selection Committee and Coach and may, on any day, be called to a practice which will always supersede Club commitments. In the event of a mid-week Club league match no selected player other than reserves may play for his Club during six days preceding the provincial fixture. For reserves to play in a Club fixture they must first obtain permission from the respective Provincial team Coach.

 

19.4      Provincial competitions: (Sharks XV, Sharks U21, Sharks U19, KZN Amateur and Rural).

Players, including reserves selected for provincial teams come under the jurisdiction of the Coach for the entire duration of the competition. Should a provincial team have a bye during the competition the provincial Coach must select a squad of 22 players after the Monday practice and these players will be unavailable for Club fixtures in that week. Should there be two or more consecutive byes, it is only the week preceding the continuation of the league that players shall be regarded as provincially bound. Medical reports on all players are to be submitted together with remedial advice where relevant. Medical opinion must be respected by Club coaches before selecting provincial players for Club matches once they have been released from their provincial competitions.

 

19.5      Junior / Development / Interim Contracted Players:

Notwithstanding paragraphs 19.1 – 19.4 above, should any players on contract to the Kwazulu-Natal Rugby Union in any one of the above categories be required, in terms of his contract, to fulfil a provincial obligation, this would always supersede Club commitments.

 

  1. PLAYERS DECLINING SELECTION FOR KZN OR SUB-UNION REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS

 

If a player is selected for any officially selected KwaZulu-Natal or Sub-Union Representative team and declares himself unavailable for the match in question, he may not be permitted to play for his Club from the date of selection up to and including the seventh day after the fixture, save with the consent of the KZNRU and unless it can be proven that the player was suffering from a bona fide injury, work or other commitment which clashes with the Provincial Fixture in question.

 

  1. 21. DISCIPLINARY

 

21.1      Red and Yellow Card Application:

 

21.1.1   When a player has been issued with a caution in any game, the Referee will hold up a yellow card, show it to the cautioned player(s) and order the player(s) to spend 10 minutes in the Sin Bin. This could be behind the poles or in a designated area. The Referee will ensure that the player’s number, name and offence are recorded.

 

21.1.2   When a player who has been cautioned as in 21.1.1 commits a second cautionable offence in the same match, the Referee will show a second yellow card and then a red card to signify that the player has been sent from the field of play.

 

21.1.3   In connection with a sending off as contemplated in 21.1.2 (two yellow cards and then a red) the Disciplinary Chairperson and/or Disciplinary Committee shall upon the receipt of written representations and upon good cause shown have a discretion to uplift the Player’s suspension pending the disciplinary hearing.

 

21.2      In the event of a Player being Ordered Off (A red card) then that Player shall be automatically suspended from playing all Rugby until the disciplinary process has been completed. The Player shall be subjected to the disciplinary and appeal processes as set out in Regulation 7, 9 and 10 of the KZNRU Disciplinary and Judicial Matters Regulation. A copy of this Regulation is available from the KZNRU and Sub-Union offices and on the KZNRU web site.

 

21.3      A player who has been found guilty and been sentenced shall be entitled to appeal to the KZNRU Disciplinary Committee, which appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union Judicial Regulations. A copy of such procedure is available from the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union offices. (a R5000 refundable deposit is required)

 

21.4      All Club Officials, Managers, Coaches, Players, Members of Clubs and spectators who attend matches under the auspices of Clubs and/or Sub Unions and KZNRU shall be subject to the Code of Conduct a copy of which is available from the KZNRU and Sub-Union offices and on the KZNRU web site.

 

  1. 22. SCRATCHINGS AND NON-ARRIVALS

 

22.1      Scratchings:

 

22.1.1   Any Club unable to field a team for a fixture (must be the lowest of the Club’s open or U20 teams), shall notify their respective Sub-Union before 10h00 on the business day preceding the fixture. In this event the Club shall be fined R2000 for a Premier and Reserves Division team, R1500 for First and Reserves Division and Under 20 A team and R500 for a 3rd Division and down team, but shall not be penalised any log points on the first occasion it should scratch a team. On the occasion of any subsequent scratching, the team shall be penalised ONE (1) log point notwithstanding the time of notification of the scratching to its Sub-Union and the relevant fine.

 

22.1.2   Notification to the Sub-Union of the proposed scratching between 10h00 and 15h00 on the business day preceding the fixture, shall incur a penalty of ONE (1) log point for the team in addition to a fine of R2000 for a Premier Division team, R1500 for First Division and Under 20 A team and R500 for a 3rd Division and down team.

 

22.1.3   Notification to the Sub-Union of the proposed scratching after 15h00 on the business day preceding the fixture shall be deemed to be a non-arrival and dealt with in terms of the provisions of 22.2 below.

 

22.2      Non-Arrivals:

 

22.2.1   Any team failing to arrive for a scheduled fixture will be penalised FIVE (5) log points and, in addition, incur a fine of R2000, such fine to be paid to the opposing Club. (Deducted from Club grant).

 

22.2.2   In either a scratching or non- arrival, the opposing team will be awarded FIVE (5) log points for that particular game (four match points plus one bonus point).

 

22.2.3   The referee shall start the match at the specified kick off times. At his discretion, if the teams have not taken the field of play 15 minutes after the scheduled kick off time, the match will be considered abandoned and treated as a non-arrival in terms of the Rules.

 

22.3      Match Abandonment:

 

22.3.1   If a match is called off by the appointed match official for what ever reason (e.g. weather, discipline, player safety) before half time, then the match will be re-scheduled by the KZNRU Fixtures Committee.

 

22.3.2   If a match is called off by the appointed match official for what ever reason (e.g. weather, discipline, player safety) at half time or thereafter, the score at the time will stand and log points awarded accordingly. This match will not be replayed.

 

 

 

 

  1. MINIMUM PLAYERS/PROPS PER TEAM

 

23.1      All league teams should arrive with at least 15 players prepared to take the field of which two must be recognised props, including one identified player who can play prop in case of injury.

 

23.2      Should any team arrive, however, with less than fifteen players but provided there are at least twelve players, then the match can commence subject to the provisions of 23.1 relating to props.

 

Note:

23.2.1   Since safety on the field is a priority, the referee will always request the captain of each team to identify both props and the replacement prop before he will commence the match.

 

23.3      At any time after the match has commenced, should two of the three identified props be injured, then the referee will rule that uncontested scrums will apply.

 

23.4        NON COMPLIANCE: – Should a team, at the scheduled commencement time of the match, not have twelve players and/or not have two recognised props and an identified player who can replace either then that team will be regarded as a non-arrival, will forfeit the match and the provisions of Regulation 23.2 shall apply.

 

  1. SCRATCHINGS: PENALTIES & FINES (excluding log points dealt with in 22 above).

 

24.1      Premier and Reserves Division:

1st Scratching –  R2000 fine

2nd Scratching – R3000 fine

3rd Scratching –  R5000 fine and automatic withdrawal from the league in which it competes. In addition, ALL senior teams of that club, including the 1st team, will be penalised ONE (1) log point.

 

24.2      First, Reserves and U20 A Division:

1st Scratching –  R1500 fine

2nd Scratching – R2000 fine

3rd Scratching –  R3000 fine and automatic withdrawal from the league in which it competes. In addition, ALL senior teams of that club, including the 1st team, will be penalised ONE (1) log point.

 

24.3      Other Teams:

1st Scratching –  R500 fine

2nd Scratching – R1000 fine

3rd Scratching –  R1500 fine and automatic withdrawal from the league.

 

The additional penalties shall also apply to all non-arrivals.

 

  1. 25. TEAM WITHDRAWALS

 

25.1      Any club withdrawing one of its officially entered teams from the leagues, even prior to the commencement of the season, will incur a fine of R5000.

 

25.2      The only exception to this rule will be in the case of a club withdrawing a team before the first league game and the KZNRU Fixtures Committee being able to arrange for another Club side in its place, thereby avoiding any disruption of fixtures. Such team withdrawing will then be subject to rule 24.

 

25.3      Should the side withdrawn be an Under 20 team, the fine of R3000 shall also apply.

 

25.4      In the event of a team scratching from the league during the course of a season, all previous fixtures involving that team shall be deemed not to have been played and the logs points accumulated therefore nullified.

  1. 26. PAYMENT OF FINES

 

26.1        All fines will be deducted from any portion of the KZNRU grant still due to that Club for the year in question and in the absence of any portion of the grant still being due to the Club, from the KZNRU grant allocated to the Club for the following year.

 

  1. LOG POINT FORMAT

 

27.1      The following log point format will apply in all KZNRU competitions:

 

Win                   :           4 points

Draw                :           2 points

Loss                 :           1 point for loss within 7 points or less of the team that wins

Loss                 :           0 points for loss of more than 7 points

Try Bonus         :           1 point for a team that scores 4 or more tries per match.

 

  1. CLUB MATCHES PLAYED AT CLUB GROUNDS

 

28.1      Clubs are asked to take cognisance of the following requirements pertaining to decentralised venues, and to note that these will be strictly monitored throughout the season by the respective Sub-Unions.

 

28.1.1   Adequate spectator control should reside in the hands of a Club official and a minimum 3 metre corridor around the playing areas should be maintained at all times during matches. If this corridor is not clearly demarcated and maintained, the referee shall be entitled to suspend play until satisfied that the corridor is demarcated and maintained.

 

28.1.2   Demarcation of two ‘technical’ areas (approx. 6m x 2m) three meters from the touchline and near the halfway. This clearly marked or cordoned off area is to be used by the respective reserves and team officials. Only with the permission of the Referee may team officials leave this area. Reserves may leave the area for warm up purposes or when about to go on as a replacement.

 

28.1.3.  Consumption of liquor outside of licensed areas is prohibited in terms of the Liquor Act and strict adherence thereto should be observed. This means that the consumption of liquor within the playing enclosure is illegal.

 

28.1.4   Adequate:-

 

28.1.4.1            first aid equipment and expertise must be available, without which the referee will not start the game;

28.1.4.2            secure changeroom and shower facilities should be available for all teams, and for the officiating referee/s;

 

28.2      A properly maintained and marked field in compliance with Law 1 (Grounds) of the Laws of the game of Rugby Football (SARU 2014 edition handbook) with all flags in place must be available before any match can commence.

 

28.3      Should a visiting Club have cause for complaint regarding the facilities or arrangements at any venue they should submit their complaint, in writing, to the Secretary of the Sub-Union concerned who shall acknowledge receipt thereof and place it before the Council of that Sub-Union for investigation and action.

 

  1. 29. SARU GOLD CUP

 

29.1      The winner of the 2015 FIDELITY SECURITY Premier Division will represent Kwazulu-Natal in the SARU Gold Cup. Should the winner of the 2016 FIDELITY SECURITY Premier Division not be the same team, then that team will participate in a Qualifying round against other province winners to secure inclusion into the SARU Gold Cup.

 

 

 

  1. 30. KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS

 

30.1      Venues for Castle Murray Cup and Junior Murray Cup knockout matches (Premier and First Division respectively) will be determined by the KZNRU Fixtures Committee.

 

30.2      The procedure to be followed in respect of all other knock-out games which end in a draw is as follows (excl. Castle Murray Cup Final):

 

30.2.1   If item 30.3 below is not applicable, then an extra 10 minutes each way shall be played.

30.2.2   If the scores are still level after extra time then the team scoring the greater number of tries shall be declared the winner.

30.2.3   In the event that both teams have scored the same number of tries then the match shall be awarded to the team scoring the most tries in previous matches of that specific competition.

30.2.4   If the try count in previous matches is the same, then the team with the higher point’s differential from those previous matches, shall be the winner.

30.2.5   Finally, should point’s differential in previous matches be the same OR should there be no previous matches, then the team that scored the first try in the match shall be declared the winner. (If no tries, then first points scored in the match).

 

30.3      In the event of a Knock-Out match being played as a curtain raiser to a provincial match or more senior knock-out match, no extra time will be played, and if tries do not decide the winner, then this will be determined as per item 30.2.2 – 30.2.3 above.

 

30.4      The procedure to be followed in respect of Castle Murray Cup Final:

 

30.4.1   If item 30.3 above is not applicable, then an extra 10 minutes each way shall be played.

30.4.2   If the scores are still level after extra time then the team scoring the greater number of tries shall be declared the winner.

30.4.3   If the try count doesn’t determine a winner, then the match will enter into a Sudden Death with the team scoring the first points, being declared the winner.

 

  1. FINALISATION OF LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

 

31.1      When teams finish in any league competition with the same number of log points, including bonus points, their position in the league will be determined initially on points difference, thereafter on total tries scored, and finally by the spin of a coin.

 

31.2      Should a team involved in a tie with team ‘X’ on the log be in a situation where they have earned 5 log points but no points for or against because of a scratching by team ‘Y’, then they will be awarded the points for and against which resulted from the league match between team ‘X’ and ‘Y’. Points differential will only be taken into account to determine the higher placed team.

 

  1. NEW CLUB ENTRY

 

To be accepted by a Sub-Union and the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union as an affiliated league playing Rugby Club, the following requirements should be noted:

 

32.1      A formal Constitution containing basic requirements with regards to organisation and running of the Club.

 

32.2      A list of at least 25 players who are, or are to become registered members.

 

32.3      Names and contact details of the following Club office bearers: Chairman, Secretary and Coach.

 

32.4      Only after a full year’s successful participation in a Sub-Union or KZNRU league will a new Club qualify for a KZNRU Club Grant.

 

 

  1. SUMMARY OF PENALTIES AND FINES INCURRED FOR INFRINGING THE RULES

 

LOG POINTS per match

FINE

per match

33.1 Fielding of unregistered players -5 R1000
33.2 Fielding Over-age players in the U19/U20 leagues per match per transgression -5 R1000
33.3 Fielding Under-age players in any leagues per match per transgression -5 R1000
33.4 Fielding any suspended players -5 R2000
33.5 Breech of advertising – 1st offence R1000; 2nd offence R 2500; 3rd offence R 5000 and deduction of log points.
33.6 Scratching a Premier and Reserves Division game (League or Knock-Out prior to 10h00 on the business day preceding a fixture) R2000
33.7 2nd scratching of a Premier and Reserves Division game (League or Knock-Out prior to 10h00 on the business day preceding a fixture) -1 R3000
33.8 Scratching of a Premier and Reserves Division game between 10h00 and 15h00 on the business day preceding a fixture -1 R2000
33.9 Scratching after 15h00 on the business day preceding a fixture or non-arrival for a game or arriving with less than 13 players -5 R2000
33.10 Scratching a First and Reserves or Under 20 A Division game (League or Knock-Out prior to 10h00 on the business day preceding a fixture) R1500
33.11 2nd scratching of a First and Reserves or Under 20 A game (League or Knock-Out prior to 10h00 on the business day preceding a fixture) -1 R2000
33.12 Scratching of a First and Reserves or Under 20 A game between 10h00 and 15h00 on the business day preceding a fixture -1 R1500
33.13 Scratching any other teams game (League or Knock-Out prior to 10h00 on the business day preceding a fixture) R 500
33.14 Scratching after 15h00 on the business day preceding a fixture or non-arrival for a game or arriving with less than 12 players -5 R2000
33.15 Non arrival – all teams -5 R2000
33.16 Scratching for the 3rd time: Automatic withdrawal from league -1 per team Premier – R5000, First/U20 – R3000,other teams – R1500
33.17 Team withdrawal during season All Premier – R5000, First/U20 – R3000,other teams – R1500
NOTE: All games played by a team as in 33.16 and 33.17 against the withdrawn team will be considered null and void.

 

 

 

  1. Any procedures pursuant to disciplinary processes under these Regulations or proceedings, findings or decisions in Judicial Proceedings shall not be quashed or invalidated by reason of any departure from the procedural Regulations, defect, irregularity, omission or technicality unless such departure, defect, irregularity, omission or technicality raises a material doubt as to the reliability of the findings or decisions of these bodies or results in a miscarriage of justice. All matters not catered for in these Regulations shall be referred to the KZNRU for adjudication and whose decision shall be final and binding

 

TABLE OF ABBREVIATED VENUES

 

AM                               Amanzimtoti – Hutchison Park

AB                                Amabhubesi – Magabheni – Umbumbulu

BALL                            Ballito Dolphins – Colliseen Estate, R102, Compensation, Umhlali

CL                                Clermont – KK Sports Grounds, Clermont

CR                               Crusaders

EMP                             Zululand Rhinos – Mick Kelly Park, Empangeni

HC                               Hammersdale Cougars – George Cato Primary School, Cato Ridge

HILL                             Hillcrest – Shonweni Polo Fields

HQ                               Harlequins

JAG                              Jaguars

KP                                Kings Park Outer Fields- College Rovers, Durban Collegians

LS                                Ladysmith

METS                           Durban METS – Westville Prison grounds

MU                               Mangosuto University, Umlazi

NE                               Newlands East Brumbies – Newlands East Secondary School

NEW                            Newcastle Highlanders – Arbor Park

PT                                Pinetown – Ashley Sports Club

PR                               Piet Retief

QB                               Queensburgh, Queensburgh Knights

RB                               Richards Bay

RES                             Reservoir Hills – Siripat Road Grounds

RS                               Varsity College – Riverside Sports Club, Prospect Hall road

WOB                            Westville Old Boys

SCW                            South Coast Warriors – Douglas Mitchell Park, Uvongo

SEN                             Sentraal, Dundee

SJ                                Ogwini Bafana – S J Wema Stadium, Mobeni

VOLK                           Volksrust

VRY                             Vryheid

UD                               UKZN Durban

UDW                            UKZN Westville

UM                               UKZN Pietermaritzburg, Peter Booysen Park

UW                               Ushaka Warriors – Mandini

WS                               Woodburn Stadium

 

CLUB LEAGUES & COMPETITIONS

Club Leagues And Competitions 2016

KWAZULU-NATAL RUGBY UNION

CLUB LEAGUES AND COMPETITIONS 2016

1. LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

1.1 FIDELITY SECURITY Premier Division League – Moor Cup (10 teams):

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians Varsity College RFC
Photo Note Crusaders Your Communications College Rovers
FNB UKZN Impi Zululand Rhinos Amanzimtoti
Fidelity Security Jaguars Highlanders South Coast Warriors

Following one round of league (10 matches) teams will according to log points be split into a Top 5 section and a Bottom 5 section for the playing of a second single round in those sections. Second XV teams will follow their First XV. Both teams carry points through which they have earned against teams which qualify for the same section. Should there be a tie with points on the log after the 1st round then the points differential will be taken into account if it is necessary to separate the teams. (should this be equal, tries for and against become a factor). Second round matches will be played at the opposite venue to that of the first round. (as per First XV; the Second XV”s follow, irrespective)

The team accumulating the most log points in the Premier Division Top 5 shall be awarded the Fidelity Security Moor Cup. Should the winner be other that Durban Collegians (2015 winner), they will enter a playoff to qualify for the SARU Gold Cup.

1.2 FIDELITY SECURITY Premier Reserve Division League – Wylie Cup:

The Second XV will follow their First XV – see 1.1 above. The team accumulating the most log points in the Premier Reserve Division Top 5 will be awarded the Fidelity Security Wylie Cup.

1.3 FIDELITY SECURITY First Division League – Dewar Shield:

The First Division has been divided into two sections:

1.3.1 First Division North Section:

Group A Group B Group C (1st Division reserves)
Newcastle 1 & 2 Pongola 1 Sentraal
Highlanders 1 & 2 Vryheid 1&2 Ladysmith United
Volksrust 1 & 2 Piet Retief 1&2 Mighty Buffalo’s

This will ensure that traveling is set to the minimum

The 1st part of the structure will have you playing a group round, one home and away
In the first week you will also see that a crossover match between Group A & B & C might happen, this was to ensure we play the maximum amount of games for the season

The 2nd part is your crossover matches between groups
Here you can expect to play a Club from another group once or twice depending on the Division you are in, these games were difficult to determine and if i.e. Volksrust plays Vryheid once just mention this in your input report

The 3rd part is the Semi-Final which will be hosted by the 1st Division’s no 1&2 spot on the log
The Final will be hosted by the 1st Division Club at the top of the log at time of log standings before the Semi-Finals. Thus all Finals in all Divisions will be played at the 1st Divisions Home Ground.

A 1st Team will play 10 matches + Semi-Final and Final
A 2nd team will play 12 matches + Semi-Final and Final, LSU and MB will play 11 and 10 games respectively

1.3.2 First Division South Section (8 teams):

Two league rounds consisting of 14 matches for each team will be played on a home and away basis.

Durban Harlequins FNB UKZN Durban Ballito Dolphins
Land Rover Durban Hillcrest Spar Group Westville Old Boys Richards Bay
Durban METS PMB Collegians

The teams accumulating the most log points in the North Section will play against the team accumulating the most log points in the South Section (neutral venue). The winner shall be awarded the Fidelity Security First Division Dewar Shield and will be afforded the opportunity to be promoted to the Fidelity Security Premier Division.

1.3.3 First Division Reserves South Section (8 teams):

The Second XV’s will follow their First XV in their respective section (see 1.3.3 above).

The teams accumulating the most log points in the North Section will play against the team accumulating the most log points in the South Section (neutral venue). The winner shall be awarded the Fidelity Security First Division Reserves Brian Irvine Cup.

1.4 FIDELITY SECURITY Under 20 ‘A’ Division – Frank Norris Trophy (6 teams)

Two league rounds consisting of 10 matches for each team will be played on a home and away basis.

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians Varsity College RFC
Photo Note Crusaders Your Communications College Rovers
FNB UKZN Durban Fidelity Security South Coast Warriors

The team accumulating the most log points in the U20A Division shall be awarded the Fidelity Security Frank Norris Trophy.

1.5 FIDELITY SECURITY Under 20 ‘B’ Division – Kings Park Challenge Cup (6 teams)

Two league rounds consisting of 14 games for each team will be played on a home and away basis.

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians B Varsity College RFC B Your Communications College Rovers B
Newcastle Highlanders B Zululand B Harlequins B

The team accumulating the most log points in the U20B Division will be awarded the Fidelity Security Kings Park Challenge Cup.

1.6 FIDELITY SECURITY U19 Division – Pete Booysen Cup (7 teams)

Note: Participation requirements for this league are Player Registrations with Identification Documents to be handed in at the KZNRU Offices (Ntso Mkhwanazi).

Clermont U19 Kwantu U19
Ushaka Warriors U19 Amabhubesi U19
Ogwini Bafana U19 Hammarsdale Cougars U19
Burning Spears

The team accumulating the most log points in the U19 Division will be awarded the Fidelity Security Pete Booysen Cup.

2. KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS

These dates and venues will be determined by the KZNRU Fixtures Committee.

2.1 Castle Murray Cup Knockout Competition

The top eight (8) teams in the Premier Division, together with the bottom three (3) from the Premier Division and top two (2) teams from the First Division North and the top three (3) teams from the First Division South will compete for the Castle Murray Cup competition, which will be played on a Knock-out basis. For the Qualifying round, the top eight (8) Premier Division Clubs will be drawn against the eight (8) Other Clubs with the fixture to be played at the Other Club venue. The winners will continue to compete for the Castle Murray Cup and the losing teams will compete for the Fidelity Security Junior Murray Cup. There will be a Quarter and Semi-Final draw for teams qualifying for the Castle Murray Cup. The KZNRU Fixtures Committee will together with the sponsor adjudicate the venue for the Semi’s and Final.

2.2 FIDELITY SECURITY Peter Taylor Trophy

The 16 Club 2nd XV teams are not involved with a Qualifying round. Only after their 1st XV team has won their Qualifying round of the Castle Lager Murray Cup will the second teams start their Knockout Competition and compete for the Fidelity Security Peter Taylor Trophy, which is played on a knockout basis. The KZNRU Fixtures Committee will determine the venues for the Semi’s and Final.

2.3 FIDELITY SECURITY Junior Murray Cup

Clubs participating in the Knockout Competition that are unsuccessful in the Qualifying round of fixtures will continue to compete for the Fidelity Security Junior Murray Cup, which is played on a knockout basis. KZNRU Fixtures Committee will determine the format, venues at a later stage.

2.4 FIDELITY SECURITY Keith Parkinson Cup

The 16 Club 2nd XV teams are not involved with a Qualifying round. Only after their 1st XV team has lost their Qualifying round of the Castle Lager Murray Cup will the second teams start their Knockout Competition and compete for the Fidelity Security Keith Parkinson Cup, which is played on a knockout basis. KZNRU Fixtures Committee will determine the format and venues at a later stage.

2.5 3rd Division – Findlay Cup

The following teams will contest the Findlay Cup which will be based on a knock-out system.

Winner SKZNRSU – President’s Cup
Winner MRSU – Crowe Cup
Winner ZRSU – Stewart Shield
Winner NKZNRSU – The President’s Cup
Representative DRSU – Walker Cup

The first round draw is:

Saturday 30 July
First round

NKZNRSU vs DRSU at NKZNRSU (Winner ‘A’)
SKZNRSU vs ZRSU at SKZNRSU (Winner ‘B’)
BYE: MRSU
Saturday 06 August
Second round

MRSU vs Winner ‘B’ at MRSU (Winner ‘C’)

Saturday 13 August
Final

Winner ‘C’ vs Winner ‘A’ at CR

2.6 FIDELITY SECURITY Under 20 ‘A’ Division – Frank Norris Trophy

The Six (6) teams on completion of one round of the league in the Under 20 ‘A’ Division will compete for the Fidelity Security Basil Medway Trophy which will be played as a knock-out bases. The draw will be seeded after one round of league.

2.7 FIDELITY SECURITY Under 20 ‘B’ Division – Kings Park Challenge Cup

The top (4) teams in the Under 20 ‘B’ Division will compete for the Fidelity Security D. W. Geddie Cup which will be played on a knock-out basis. The draw will be seeded after two rounds of league.

2.8 FIDELITY SECURITY Under 19 Division – KZNRU Cup

The Eight (8) teams in the Under 19 Division will compete for the Fidelity Security Ashley Bowls Cup which will be played on a knock-out basis. The draw will be seeded after two rounds of league.

3. KZNRU SPONSORS
3.1 The KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union once again expresses its appreciation to FIDELITY SECURITY for sponsoring League Rugby in KwaZulu-Natal.

This sponsorship is directed at Clubs in the Premier Division and the First Division.

PRIZE MONEY:
Premier Division 1st Division South 1st Division North
1st Place R 60 000 R 6 000 R 6 000
2nd Place R 30 000 R 3 000 R 3 000
3rd Place R 25 000 Playoff Winner + R 2000
4th Place R 21 000
5th Place R 18 000
6th Place R 15 000
7th Place R 12 000
8th Place R 10 000
9th Place R 10 000
10th Place R10 000
11th Place R 10 000

3.2 KNOCKOUT COMPETITION:
The following prize will be made available and is directed at those Clubs qualifying for the
CASTLE Murray Cup.

Murray Cup
1st Place R 55 000
Runners Up R 25 000
Losing Semi-finalists R 12 500
Losing Quarter-finalists R 7 500
Losing Qualifiers R 2 000

4. Duikers
Fixtures are to be confirmed at a later stage.

TABLE OF ABBREVIATED VENUES

AM Amanzimtoti - Hutchison Park
AB Amabhubesi - Magabheni - Umbumbulu
BALL Ballito Dolphins - Colliseen Estate, R102, Compensation, Umhlali
CL Clermont - KK Sports Grounds, Clermont
CR Crusaders
EMP Zululand Rhinos - Mick Kelly Park, Empangeni
HC Hamersdale Cougars - George Cato Primary School, Cato Ridge
HILL Hillcrest - Shonweni Polo Fields
HQ Harlequins
JAG Jaguars
KP Kings Park Outer Fields- College Rovers, Durban Collegians
LS Ladysmith
METS Durban METS - Westville Prison grounds
MU Mangosuto University, Umlazi
NE Newlands East Brumbies - Newlands East Secondary School
NEW Newcastle Highlanders - Arbor Park
PT Pinetown - Ashley Sports Club
PR Piet Retief
QB Queensburgh, Queensburgh Knights
RB Richards Bay
RES Reservoir Hills - Siripat Road Grounds
RS Varsity College - Riverside Sports Club, Prospect Hall road
WOB Westville Old Boys
SCW South Coast Warriors - Douglas Mitchell Park, Uvongo
SEN Sentraal, Dundee
VOLK Volksrust
VRY Vryheid
UD UKZN Durban
UDW UKZN Westville
UM UKZN Pietermaritzburg, Peter Booysen Park
UW Ushaka Warriors - Mandini
WS Woodburn Stadium