The 2019/2020 season will see Game On principles introduced to all adult male and female rugby outside RFU Leagues and Cups.
Based on feedback from players and with the aim of ensuring more games are played and reducing the number of cancellations, the Game On principles allow teams to be more flexible with the rules to allow the match to go ahead.
With Game On a match can now take place as long as each team has a minimum of 10 players. In addition, the result will stand as long as the match is a minimum of 40 minutes rather than 80.
Rolling substitutions can be made and teams are encouraged to apply the Half Game rule to ensure that each player in every match day squad plays at least half of the available playing time.
The principles also allow for both scrums and lineouts to be uncontested.
Both teams must agree which of the Game On principles will apply to the match and notify the referee at least 30 minutes prior to kick off. If both teams cannot agree which principles to apply the match will proceed without the application of the Game On principles.
Why is the RFU introducing ‘Game On’ rules to the game?
The RFU is committed to providing the platform for more teams and players playing more matches. Game On provides flexibility and options for clubs that do not have access to a large pool of players to play more games, more often.
What level of rugby does Game On apply to?
The ‘Game On’ rules apply to competitions outside of the English Club Championship (also referred to as RFU Leagues). It applies to adult rugby only.
Is this a UK wide development?
These changes refer to games being played in England, however, some of the principles of Game On are already being utilised in Ireland and Wales.