Papa John's Community Cup, regulations for 2023-24

The latest regulations for the 2023-24 Papa John's Community Cup have been released by the RFU.

Check them out here!

RFU Guidance, end of season 2023-24

The RFU has issued further guidance about the end of season and transition towards the Papa John's Community Cup competitions.

Click here to read their latest guidance as of March 12 2024.


End of Season issues, 2023-24

Jersey Reds Reprieve
Their unfortunate demise means there will be a reprieve from relegation at each league level. This will be determined by the Best Playing Record (RFU definition in Regulation 1).  The spreadsheet here provides the current situation and how this will be determined at the end of the season. The reprieve at Regional 2 will follow down the Counties Leagues of that reprieved club. 

Counties One Promotion
This will be the top placed 1st XV from each Counties One League and a further SIX clubs who finish in 2nd place with the Best Playing Record.  The spreadsheet here provides the current situation and how this will be determined at the end of the season.

Updated 03 Mar 24

RFU Statement, end of season date for 2023-24

The RFU has stated that under no circumstances will the league programme be extended beyond Saturday 6th April.

They have also decided that Saturday 10th February will be changed from a Break Saturday to a Reserve/NAW (next available weekend), meaning that any further postponements will be rearranged on the 10th Feb, followed by the two other Next Available Weekends (24th Feb and 9th March).

The ROC may also, alter the sequence of rearranged games in accordance with our Admin Instruction 4(d) if:

(i)   it is apparent that an alternative sequence would conclude some or all outstanding matches earlier than might otherwise occur or;

(ii)  in their opinion, it is beneficial to the competition, e.g., to prioritise end-of-season fixtures with a view to concluding promotion and relegation issues including play-offs.


Promotion and Relegation 2023-24

Under the RFU league structure introduced last season the number of promotion and relegation places can vary widely depending on several factors.

The days of ‘two up, two down’ have gone, and the North Regional Organising Committee want all clubs to know that there is no certainty any more as there are many variables in the calculation.


Game On! Help for playing with less than 15 players

Game On! Regulations can help you get a game of rugby even if you don't have 15 players. This document helps you to sort things out with your opponents to make sure it's fair, safe and rewarding!

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RFU Men's Leagues pre-season briefing document

This document has been produced to update clubs on key information for the upcoming 2023/24 season. It will contain updates on both the leagues and Papa Johns Men’s Community Cup Competitions. Additionally it will also offer information on other processes such as Appeals. Also offered is guidance and information on other useful topics such as Game On and Floodlights.

Click here

League Structure for 2023-24 season

The structure of the leagues for 2023-24 have been released.

Click here to download the National 1 & 2 and Regional 1 & 2

Click here for Counties 1 and below


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