SCHEDULE 1.        EXPLANATORY NOTE

As from 1 January 2000 a player is only entitled to play Rugby Union for the Senior National Representative Team or the next Senior National Representative Team of one Union and in certain circumstances, the senior National Representative Sevens Team of one Union. This means that if a player is deemed to have played for the Senior National Representative Team or the next Senior National Representative Team of a Union, or where a Player is deemed to have played for the National Representative Sevens team at the Olympic Games or the Rugby World Cup Sevens, or where the Player is over the age of twenty, the senior National Representative Sevens Team, that player will be unable to play for any other Union. This is the position even if that player is able to satisfy one or more of the eligibility criteria set out in Regulation 8.1. It is important that players and Unions understand the situations in which players will be deemed to have played for the Senior National Representative Team or the next Senior National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of a Union. These situations are set out in Regulation 8.3 and Regulation 8.4.

Regulation 8.3 and Regulation 8.4 are based on a “selection and participation” test for players who have reached the age of majority [18 or over] (or the age of twenty in the case of the senior National Representative Sevens Team for Matches other than those in the Olympic Games or Rugby World Sevens). Players and Unions must familiarize themselves with Regulation 8.3 and Regulation 8.4. Players should be made aware by Unions of what constitutes that Union's Senior National Representative Team, its next Senior National Representative Team, its senior National Representative Sevens Team, its Senior Touring Squad and its next Senior Touring Squad and the Matches that will result in a player being committed to that Unions. The following situations are covered by Regulation 8.3 and Regulation 8.4.

1.    Players who participate in International Matches for the Senior National Representative Team or the next Senior National Representative Team of a Union against the Senior or next Senior National Representative Team of another Union.

2.    Players selected to represent a Union's Senior Touring Squad who participate in any Match played by members of that Union's Senior Touring Squad during an International Tour provided such International Tour includes an International Match(es) approved by World Rugby.

3.    Players who participate in a Match for the Senior or next Senior National Representative Team of a Union against a team made up of players from a Union's Senior Touring Squad during an International Tour which includes International Match(es) approved by World Rugby.

4.    Players, representing a Union's next Senior Touring Squad who participate in a Match on an International Tour approved by World Rugby against the Senior National Representative Team or the next Senior National Representative Team of another Union.

5.    Players who play for the Senior or next Senior National Representative Team of a Union against a team selected from a Union's next Senior Touring Squad when such Match is played on an International Tour approved by World Rugby.

6.    Players selected to represent a Union’s senior National Representative Sevens Team in an International Match against the senior National Representative Sevens Team of another Union and, who have reached the age of twenty on or before the date of the Match.

7.     Players selected to represent a Union’s National Representative Sevens Team in the Olympic Games or Rugby World Cup Sevens.


SCHEDULE 1.     DECLARATION OF ELIGIBILITY OF A PLAYER TO PLAY FOR THE SENIOR FIFTEEN-A-SIDE NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TEAM, THE NEXT SENIOR FIFTEEN-A-SIDE NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TEAM OR THE SENIOR NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE SEVENS TEAM OF A UNION

DECLARATION OF PLAYER

I, .......................................................     (Name) of .............................................................................................................. (Address) 
confirm that, I have read and understand the criteria for eligibility set out in Regulation 8 of the World Rugby Regulations Relating to the Game (World Rugby Regulations) and I hereby declare that I am eligible to play for ....................................................... Union because:

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  I was born in the country for which fifteen-a-side senior National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team, or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of the Union for which I intend to play; or  

  One of my parents or grandparent was born in the country for which senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of the Union for which I intend to play; or

  I have completed sixty⁸ consecutive months of Residence immediately preceding the time of playing in the country for which senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of the Union for which I intend to play; or

  I have completed ten cumulative years of Residence preceding the time of playing in the country for which senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of the Union for which I intend to play

AND 

  I have not played for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or, having reached the age of twenty, the senior National Representative Sevens Team of any other Union and I have not participated in the Olympic Games or Rugby World Cup Sevens as a member of the National Representative Sevens Team of any other Union⁹. 

I have attached to this declaration relevant documentation¹° to prove my eligibility to play for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of ...................................................... 
Union and I understand and accept that if I am found to have played for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of a Union without satisfying the eligibility criteria set out in Regulation 8 of the World Rugby Regulations, and/or to have provided inaccurate information in this declaration then I and the Union concerned will be subject to sanctions.

Player’s signature:  ......................................................    

Date: ......................................................

DECLARATION OF UNION

I, ......................................................  (Name) the ...................................................... of ...................................................... (Position and Union) 
hereby declare that the ......................................................     Union has made all such necessary enquiries in relation to the above Player’s eligibility to play for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior Sevens National Representative Team of the Union.  I further declare that the Union is satisfied that the information provided by the Player in his declaration is correct, that the documentation in support of the Player’s declaration is valid and that the Player is eligible to play for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the senior National Representative Sevens Team of ..............................................  Union.  I understand and accept that if a Player plays for the senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or the next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team Union or the senior National Representative Sevens Team without satisfying the eligibility criteria set out in Regulation 8 of the World Rugby Regulations and/or the Union has provided inaccurate information in this declaration then the Union will be subject to the fixed penalty sanctions set out in Regulation 8.

Signed:  ......................................................   

Date:      ......................................................   

 

(8) The sixty-month residency requirement comes into effect after the cut-off date of December 31, 2021. The residency requirement up to and including December 31, 2021 is “thirty-six consecutive months of Residence immediately preceding the time of playing”. 

(9) If a Player has played for another Union’s senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or next senior fifteen-a-side National Representative Team or senior National Representative Sevens team, this must be stated on this declaration form.  For the avoidance of doubt, Players would only be eligible to play for a second Union if they can demonstrate that they allowed 36 consecutive months to elapse before they played for a second Union and that they played for that second Union before 1 January 2000 or where they have been cleared by the Regulations Committee pursuant to a transfer for the purposes of an Olympic Event (and in respect of representing the new Union at fifteen-a-side or any other version of the Game, have complied with the Regulation 8.12).  Any such Players should submit in writing the circumstances of such participation on a separate sheet.

(10) Players ARE expected to provide valid copy birth certificates or other relevant formal documentation in support of their declaration. Players may be requested to provide additional documentation as appropriate in support of their eligibility to play for a senior National Representative Team or the next senior National Representative Team of a Union.