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    Posted: 05 May 2009 at 11:14

Does anyone know if the New National 3 is deemed a professional league by the RFU.  If yes what does this mean in terms of overseas player restrictions?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 13:02
Cannot answer the question directly as to whether it is a "professional league" but would assume if it comes under the wings of the NCA then it will come under the same rules as the rest of the clubs. Therefore overseas players are Australia, NZ, Canada, South America. SA and South seas plus America have seperate rules. Then it comes down to the type of visa that the player holds and thats where it become a bit murkier. I cannot give the corect wording as I dont have it to hand but in essence you must have full UK settlement entitlements etc to be allowed to play in the national leagues. As to Match day you can only have 2 overseas players in your match day squad. Even though the new Nat 1 is deemed community in the eyes of the RFU it is still a professional league so no changes in restrictions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 13:43
McTorty, there's been no word, as yet, about who will administer the new Nat 3 Leagues. Before the chnages, they would have come under their respective County CB's. For Nat 2 and 3 in the season just finished, the leagues were determined, 'professional' by the RFU. As the new Nat 3 is 'national', one would expect it to come under the same rules and regs as the other national leagues as rabbie mentions above, but then again ....... Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 14:40
God help all those who run clubs at the New National 3 level.  Not only will they not know whether they can play  last season's overseas players they also do not know whether they can recruit new ones.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 15:30
Exactly!! I'm involved with some recruitment at level 5 and am unsure as to the rulings for season 2009/10. We have a couple of kiwis (who have been with us for a while) but I wouldn't expect them to hang around and play 2XV rugby.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 15:37
Last I heard (admittedly January) there was a big bun fight going on between the NCA & Divisional bodies as to who would administer level 5 Ouch but all the uncertainty doesn't help that's for sure.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2009 at 16:56
I would stick my neck out and suggest that all leagues below the new Championship will be considered non professional by the RFU. That is their basic aim and any other move would be a condiction.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2009 at 12:22

Just thought I'd confirm that all regulations governing level 5 remain as they were last season EXCEPT that bonus points will apply in 2009/10.

No change to player eligibility and registration





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