1. Max of 25 players per team (side) for the entire tournament – no exceptions.
  2. A player must have a demonstrable affiliation with the club they are playing with. Demonstrable affiliation can be shown:
    1. By having played the following number of matches with their club in the past 2 years:
      1. Union Cup tier, 3 matches
      2. all other tiers, 1 match
    2. Based on the circumstance of their relationship with their club:
      1. Clubs wishing to field players who do not meet the requirements in point 2. a. must make applications for approval by May 16th.
  3. Clubs will be required to submit preliminary team rosters to the Union Cup Organising Committee by May 10th and final team rosters by May 24th.
  4. The team rosters must confirm how each player meets the demonstrable affiliation requirement.
  5. Players cannot play for more than one team during the tournament unless approved by the TCC (Tournament Competition Committee).
  1. Players affiliated to a club with more than one team (side) competing can only play with the team (side) they are registered with, unless approved by the TCC (i.e. players cannot play for multiple teams/sides from the same club without approval).
  2. Allocation of additional players (both extra club players and unaffiliated players) will be based on the needs of the teams competing and not the preference of the players.
  1. Clubs can apply to amalgamate players to form one team, subject to approval prior to the tournament. All players need to have a demonstrable affiliation with one of the clubs amalgamating.
  2. The details of protests and sanctions will be contained in the full rules document

The Player Eligibility Rules as defined above are a guideline for clubs wishing to register early. A finalised copy of the full Player Eligibility and Tournament Rules will be published in good time ahead of the tournament following consultation with the IRFU, IGR and clubs

The full tournament rules are yet to be published, please check back soon!

In most countries, rugby teams need permission from their home union before they go on tour. Please contact your home union for the correct procedure before travelling to Dublin in June 2019.