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Rules, Regulations & Discipline

ERU Regional Ruling on Subs for Lower Divisions

Player Substitutions for Divisions E3 and EW2:  An ERU regional ruling allows unlimited substitution and unlimited roster numbers for the lowest division in the ERU of each gender (E3 and EW2) during regular season matches only.  Unlimited meaning a player may return to the game after being subbed out unless he/she was removed for injury.

It is recommended that games with large numbers of subs be played in quarters. This should be confirmed and agreed to by both captains with the MO prior to kick off.

Substitutions are to take place only at approved breaks in the play as per the Match Official.  No rolling substitutions (hockey-style on and off at will)

 If at the commencement of the game the teams choose not to play quarters, then subs shall be in accordance with the Laws of the Game

President's Message - Touring & Tournaments

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the process for your members to participate in tournaments or tours outside of Alberta. Listed below are extracts from the policies provided to us by Rugby Canada. If you require more information – such as rules about incoming tours, it can be researched at this link

Touring & Tournaments
Sanctioning is the means by which Rugby Canada's accident and general liability insurance coverage is extended to rugby events outside of league play. The practices and league matches of registered clubs are the only competitions considered sanctioned and insured by default when all athletes, team management and staff and all participants (volunteers, organizing committee / board of directors) are registered within the current membership year. Any other event may seek sanctioning by an authorized representative of a member organization and thus Rugby Canada Insurance can be
extended by following the relevant application instructions.

Outbound Team Tours (Tours travelling outside Canada)
All tours travelling outside of Canada must be sanctioned by your Provincial Union and Rugby Canada.
International Unions and World Rugby require that all teams must have National Union Sanctioning prior to the departure date.
Rugby Canada will only sanction those teams that are member organizations and therefore schools or third party organizations traveling would have to become full members of their provincial union (and thus Rugby Canada) and pay all applicable membership fees.

The list of approved member organizations of the ERU:
Antediluvians,  Clansmen, Cold Lake Penguins, Drayton Valley Riggers, Druids, Edson Axmen, Fort McMurray Knights, Grande Prairie Centaurs & Sirens, Leduc Crude, Leprechaun Tigers, Lloydminster Reapers, Nor’Westers, Parkland Sharks, Pirates, Rockers, St. Albert Rugby and any of the ERU programs such as Edmonton Gold Juniors and Seniors..

Please ensure that your members are made aware that any organization NOT listed above, cannot have their tour sanctioned by RC nor RA. Should a tournament organizing committee in another provinces or the USA allow a team to slip through and enter without their sanction approved by Rugby Alberta and Rugby Canada, the participants would not be provided coverage under the Rugby Canada National Insurance Program.

Kind regards,
Devin Vandenberg; President
Edmonton Rugby Union

2019 Rules & Regulations (link)

It is the responsibility of all clubs within the jurisdiction of Rugby Alberta to make themselves familiar with the Rules & Regulations. Amendments are made each spring as necessary so a refresher is recommended.

Discipline / Sanctions resulting from a red card or other removal from game or playing enclosure (players and non-players)

Discipline reports for AWP and AC divisions are to be emailed to and will be forwarded to the Rugby Alberta Rules and Regulations Committee (RRC).

The ERU's Director of Discipline is Terry MacPherson , email

Referee Feedback Form

RAMOA (Rugby Alberta Match Officials Association) online Referee Feedback Form.

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