Players Coming in to Scotland

International Clearance: Players Coming in to Scotland

If you are planning to play your rugby in Scotland, welcome. Before we can authorise you to play for your Scottish club you will have to obtain International Clearance from your current national Union. Your Scottish club is also required to request that Scottish Rugby processes your clearance request.

The steps in this process are as follows:

  1. Complete as far as possible the International Clearance Form provided by your current national Union. This is normally downloadable from their website. If this is not available, your current Union may accept the standard clearance form attached as Appendix 1 to WR Regulation 4.

  2. Forward the Form to the individual responsible for administration at your current club. Ask them to forward the Form to your current national Union, confirming that you are under no outstanding contractual obligation to the club. We recommend that you ask to be copied in on this correspondence.

  3. Your current Union will then complete the process of clearing you out of their Union. They will send a copy of the Form to the Regulation Department at Murrayfield.

On receipt of the form we will ask your Scottish club to complete and return a request for us to process your application:

  1. We will review the request form from your new club and your clearance form. If everything is in order, we will then clear you to play in Scotland. At this point we normally send a copy of the completed clearance form and a covering letter by email to the secretary of your Scottish club.

  2. The Club Secretary should provide you with a copy of the correspondence for your own records.

If you don’t yet have a Scottish club you can find details of our clubs at

Please also note:

  1. At certain times of year we receive a considerable number of international clearances to process. We are particularly busy towards the start of the season (from early August) and just prior to the Transfer Deadline (late November). Whilst we will do our best to process your application as quickly as possible, applicants are recommended to plan accordingly.

  2. Players who normally play in Scotland but who have temporarily been playing in another Union are required to obtain clearance before playing again in Scotland.

Further Help

If you can't find the information you're looking for, have a specific query or wish assistance with the processing of your International Clearance please email [email protected] .