Devon Cup Rules


Cup competitions shall be run throughout the season at the levels – 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9+ and will be called the Kitworld Devon cup competitions.

The rules of all the different competitions are below. The regulations in blue apply to the Junior Cup, the Senior and Intermediate internal leagues are in red and the wording in black applies to both.


The Devon RFU competitions committee will administer the competitions. One of the members of this committee shall act as competitions chairman and one member shall act as competitions secretary. The committee shall have full powers of adjudicating on all matters relating to the competitions. Any appeal against their decisions must be lodged with the hon. secretary of the Devon RFU within seven days of the decision in question. All appeals must be accompanied by an administration fee of £50 payable to Devon RFU Ltd which shall be refunded if the appeal is upheld.



The draw for the Junior Cup shall be made no later than the AGM of the Devon RFU. In the Junior Cup, a Shield competition will be arranged for the first round losers. The draw will be published on the Devon RFU website

- A match shall only be played after the set date if weather conditions or some other exceptional circumstance (approved by the Devon RFU Competitions Committee) have prevented a tie being played. Within 48 hours of any such postponement, the match shall be re-arranged on a date agreed between the two clubs or, in the absence of such an agreement, as directed by the committee.

- If a draw after 80 minutes – extra-time of 10 minutes each way will be played – if still a draw – then the club who has scored most tries – then most conversions – if still a draw the AWAY side win

- A maximum of four replacements up to and including the quarter-final and seven in the semi-final and final shall be nominated

- FIVE players should be available to play in the FRONT ROW in the rounds up to including the quarter-finals while in the semi-finals and final it should be SIX

- All players must be bone-fide members of the club and should be on the GMS database

- A player who has played for a club in any round of ANY competition may not play for another club in any of the competitions in the same season.

- Any club with any doubt concerning the eligibility of a player shall apply to the competitions committee (T FRIEND) for a decision which shall be binding on that club.

The final shall be played on a date and venue to be decided by the DRFU


Any club that fails to play a tie in any round of the Devon Junior cup shall within 48 hours send a written explanation for that withdrawal to the competitions administrator (T FRIEND). A club which does not comply with this requirement or which provides an explanation which the committee considers to be unsatisfactory - shall be liable to disqualification from the competition in the following season. Devon RFU will exercise its right to block entry to any National Cup competitions in the following season for a club failing to fulfil its fixtures in the County Cup competitions..


The referee shall order uncontested scrums(s) when a front-row player is required to be replaced if, having confirmed with the captain of the team there is no suitably trained and experienced front-row replacement who started the match or from the nominated replacements or if the referee deems if unsafe for any other reason to start or continue with contested scrums. If a club has failed to comply to replace a front- row player on the first and second occasion with another suitably trained and experienced front-row player; that club shall forfeit the match which will be awarded to the other team.


If a match is abandoned for safety reasons or weather conditions, it shall be re- arranged within 48 hours in accordance with the regulations unless more than 60 minutes have been played, in which case the score at the moment of abandonment shall stand and be deemed to be the final score. If a match is abandoned for foul play at any time, the tie will be void and neither club shall progress into the next round unless in his report the referee indicates that the conduct of only one club caused him to abandon the match. In this case the other club shall advance into the next round. The referee’s decision for the necessity of abandonment and the number of minutes played shall be final.

If a match is abandoned for any reason other than above, then, irrespective of the number of minutes played, the result of that match may be determined by the competitions sub-committee or it may order the match to be replayed.


In all rounds, except the final, if after 40 minutes of play each way the scores are level - there shall be a five minute break. After this break, the teams will change ends and there shall be a period of extra time of 10 minutes each way with a one minute interval. If the scores are then still equal, the team that has scored the most tries will go forward to the next round. If this does not produce a result, the team that has scored the most goals from tries will go forward. If a result is still not forthcoming, the away team shall go forward to the next round.

In the final the same sequence of procedures as above will be used to resolve drawn matches except that, should no result be achieved after considering goals from tries, the result will be a draw.


The secretary of the home club involved in a competition match shall be provided with a card on which the names of the players and nominated replacements in both teams are recorded and the result of the match is noted. The card should be signed by the referee and sent to the competitions administrator (T FRIEND – emails acceptable) not later than 48 hours after the match.


The published RFU league fixtures at levels (5/6/7/8) will be the matches between the Devon clubs that will count in the Internal League – if postponed for any reason the new date will become the fixture – any complaints / problems the RFU ruling will be binding.

- Registration – as for the RFU competition leagues

- Scoring – as for the leagues including bonus points.

- In the Devon Senior Competitions the drawn games will stand as a result

- Points awarded (win, draw, bonus points) are for matches played between the Devon clubs only If two or more clubs have the same number of league points at the end of the season, final league positions shall be determined firstly by the number of wins achieved, then the number of draws and then on the basis of match points scored as detailed in RFU Regulation 13.2.5 (b)


The results will be as published by the RFU.


- The final will be between the teams finishing 1st and 2nd in each league – the side finishing top will host the final. Hosting clubs should confirm the arrangements for the day with the competition administrator.

- The finals will be played on dates following the conclusion of the RFU Leagues, as agreed by the DRFU Competitions Committee

- A maximum of seven replacements will be allowed for the final

- Match officials (team of three + 4th Official) will be provided by the DRRS

- If after 40 minutes of play each way the scores are level, there shall be a five minute break. After this break there shall be a period of extra-time with 10 minutes each way. If the scores are then still equal, then the team that has scored most tries shall be declared the winners. If this does not produce a result, the team that has scored most goals from tries shall be declared the winners. If this does not produce a result the trophy will be shared


The winning club in the finals shall become the holders of the Devon Senior Cup / Shield, Intermediate Cup/Shield and the losing club shall receive a runners-up trophy. All players in the cup finals, including replacements, will be presented with suitable mementos, as will the referee and touch-judges. Clubs which are finalists in the competitions will receive a trophy. All trophies shall be returned, suitably engraved, to the Devon RFU competitions secretary by 1st April in the following year.


In the event of clubs having clashing or similar colours, the away team must arrange to change its own colours.


The Devon Rugby Referees Society shall appoint a referee for matches in the competitions where appropriate throughout the season and shall appoint touch-judges for all semi-final matches and the final. Referees may be invited from outside the county on the official exchange system. Please note that touch-judges shall not be appointed for the quarter-finals.


The gate receipts for all the finals including income from the sale of programmes shall be divided equally between Devon RFU Ltd and the two participating clubs after deduction of charges for the match officials and the costs of producing a programme. Not fewer than 10 days before a final, the secretary of the home club shall be responsible for submitting draft arrangements for the match to the competitions secretary for approval by the sub-committee and within 14 days of the match being played for submitting to the Hon Treasurer of the DRFU a balance sheet showing all receipts, permitted expenditure and distribution of income.

Clubs should ensure that a realistic charge is made for spectators attending the matches. Matches should be considered as ALL PAY.


All objections regarding alleged breaches of the regulations must reach the competitions administrator (T FRIEND) not later than seven days after the end of the match in question and must be in writing accompanied by an administration fee of £50 payable to the Devon Rugby Football Union Ltd. This fee will be returned if the objection is upheld.


All matches shall be played under the Laws of the Game as published by the RFU and regulations contained therein or otherwise in force in respect of replacements and substitutions.


These rules will be reviewed by the committee at the termination of each competition.