As our Men’s 1st XV progress up the leagues we have been reminded by the League Secretary Regional 2 Anglia that this does come with some extra scrutiny. In particular we need to ensure that our pitch side management of Technical Areas and Permitted Personnel is adhered to at all times both home and away and in accordance with RFU Regulation 6.
30. Where there are permanent dugouts or shelters, team, replacements and coaching staff must confine themselves to them or remain outside the pitch-side barriers, or if none, the playing enclosure (as defined by the Referee) other than when a player is about to replace a player on the pitch, or when a player is temporarily suspended or for the periods of half-time.
31. No more than four people per team acting as water carriers (including medical staff and replacement players), are permitted within the pitch side or perimeter fencing or other barrier. Water carriers may only be permitted onto the playing area for the purposes of taking water to the players at such times as shall be approved by the Referee (on any other occasion players must come to the touchline to get water).
32. Any player temporarily suspended when playing must remain in the Technical Area or leave the playing enclosure and be clearly and readily identifiable to a Fourth Official.
33. Any player sent off must leave the playing enclosure.
During the 2022/23 Season the League Secretary Regional 2 Anglia issued many warnings about the issues of pitch management, technical areas, touch judges, and permitted personnel with one club going into this season with a suspended points deduction due to these issues! Clearly something that has to be taken seriously!
Whilst we are very good in making sure we have pitch-side respect barriers in place at every game played at Latton Park it is a good reminder that during 1st XV games no one should be in the dugout, technical area or in front of any pitch-side barriers unless they are part of the match day squad or agreed permitted personal. This will be enforced!
We welcome all support but please make sure you respect the rules and stay behind the pitch-side barriers at all times during the game. Please ensure that any children in your care are also made aware of the rules and supervised at all times!
Onwards and Upwards!
Chairman | Harlow Rugby Union Football Club Limited