Practical instructions and laws for the matches
Here are some practical matters you absolutely must know:
- Make sure that your fifteen nominated players are reported to the organizers at least ten minutes before your first match (the form will provided).
- Make sure the players are prepared to go on the field at least a couple of minutes before the kick-off time. Delays can mean that the match begins with a free kick to the opposition.
- When the game is over, the players should leave the pitch immediately. The normal polite exchanges should take place off the pitch.
- The programme allows 20 minutes for each match and they take at least 16 minutes to complete. It is therefore very important that everyone involved keeps to these rules, otherwise there will be gradual delays which disturb everyone: players, referees, organisers and the spectators.
- All the players must be 17 years or more (except for girls that must 16 years or more) – these are the limitations set by the IRB and the Finnish Rugby Federation. Players younger than 18 years require a parental permission. (see the form above)
- All matches, except the finals, will last 2×7 minutes with a half-time break of no more than one minute. The finals will last 2×10 minutes with a half-time break of no more than two minutes.
- Each side shall comprise 7 players selected from a team of 15 maximum players who must be registered before the start of play.
- Team may make substitutions any time they want as long as there are never more than seven players on the field. Too many players on the pitch will result in a penalty. The players may leave the pitch from anywhere but they must enter it from the substitution zone.
- A team which can only field 7 or less than 7 players because of injuries may borrow players. A team, which borrows a player and uses him or her as a replacement must retain that player in its squad for the remainder of the Tournament, unless he or she is injured.
These new players must be added to the team sheet prior to playing any game.
- Laws which differ from normal 15-a-side rugby
- Always three players in the scrum.
- Incorrect kick-offs give a free kick to the opponents.
- The scoring team restarts the game with a kick-off.
- There shall be no conversion after a try or penalty kicks at goal.
- No 22-m laws are applied.
- The Rules and Laws of the Tournament, including their interpretation and any additional Rules, are at the sole discretion of the Tournament Organizers.