The Regulation relates only to players – it does not relate to coaches, referees, administrators or others.
No. The Regulation covers all levels of the game from professional players through to the grassroots, though additional restrictions may apply in respect of professional players (termed under the Regulation “Contract Players”).
Yes, the Reserve Leagues are organised by Scottish Rugby and you will need Clearance to play in these.
Scottish Rugby insists on Clearance if you want to play in competitions organised, recognised or sanctioned by our Union. This includes our league and cup competitions, and also the likes of organised Sevens tournaments. If you want to only play in the odd scratch fixture, Clearance will not be required. Other Unions may operate a slightly different policy and if you are leaving Scotland to play elsewhere you are advised to check with your new Club / Union.
Unless you are a student or a member of the armed forces (where you may be able to Dual Register) you will need to seek Clearance if you are planning to play in any competitions organised by another Union.
Full time students and those in the armed services may apply to be Dual Registered, which allows them to play in two Unions (e.g. at University in Scotland during Term time and back home during the rest of the year). Please see the Dual Registration section of our website for more detail.
No. Clearance is not required for club tours but your club will need “Permission to Tour”.
Research indicates that not all clubs understand the UK immigration rules surrounding incoming players. The new requirement - which was introduced on 1 July 2016 - aims to reduce the risk of clubs inadvertantly bringing in players who are not entitled to "work" as rugby players in the UK.
A request for Clearance will not be granted if:
The circumstances may be investigated by our Championship Committee and a points deduction or other penalty may be applied to your club. Separately, the Discipline Manager may decide to initiate misconduct proceedings against you and / or your club.