If you wish to play rugby in any Union other than the one you are currently registered with you must obtain permission to make the change. This permission is known as “International Clearance” and such clearance is granted by your current Union and then approved by your new Union. The process is further explained below.
World Rugby has issued a Regulation setting out the basic clearance process which must be followed by all Unions.
Scottish Rugby has adopted the WR Regulation into its own domestic regulations and it will be applied in respect of all players transferring into and out of our jurisdiction. All those within the Scottish Rugby Union’s jurisdiction are required to comply with this Regulation.
Guidance as to how to go about obtaining International Clearance for a player can be found below:
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New Requirements in Relation to Clearance Process
From 1 July 2016 clubs are required to provide additional information in order to have their incoming player clearance applications processed. A standard form is available for this purpose:
Please note that under Scottish Rugby's player registration procedures, the incoming player will not be eligible to play in Scotland until the clearance process is complete and Scottish Rugby has recorded his/her reference number on the player registration system.
International Clearance can be a complex area. To assist those looking to change Union we have prepared a summary of Frequently Asked Questions.
If you can't find the information you're looking for, have a specific query or require assistance processing a Clearance please contact Kathleen Munroe at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 346 5102.
If you wish to report a concern relating to an International Clearance, or to appeal a decision with respect to a Clearance, please contact Scottish Rugby's Head of Regulation, Graham Ireland, at email@example.com or 0131 346 5004. All enquiries will be treated as confidential.