LOVE THEM, OR HATE THEM, WE CANNOT HAVE A GAME OF RUGBY WITHOUT A REFEREE.

The understanding of the Referee can make, or spoil, a Golden Oldies Match. A regular area of disagreement and misunderstanding is the treatment of Players wearing Coloured Shorts. We play in European Grand Old Rugby Festivals, and the Fun, Friendship and Fraternity which is the Golden Oldies Motto must be evident at all times.

All Players must be correctly attired for Golden Oldies Rugby at all times including footwear. Low profile studs or grass sport shoes.
These Golden Oldies Laws do not permit offside play or unsportsmanlike behaviour and have been designed to increase the enjoyment of the Game, eliminating over-vigorous play and minimising the chances of injury.

The normal rules of Rugby as per Rugby Europe - Under 19 Laws - shall apply with the following variations:

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All 8 forwards must remain bound in the scrum until the ball has been cleared.
2
The halfback must not follow the ball around the scrum.
3
There must be no pressure scrummaging or movement of the scrum. (i.e. noncontested set-scrums)
4
There shall be no striking against the head by hookers.
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Defending players may kick the ball only in their own 22.
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In lineouts all 8 forwards must take part. All lineouts shall be set (no quick lineouts). No supporting (lifting) of jumpers is permitted.
7
Teams scoring a try shall also restart the game by kicking the ball to the nonscoring team.
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There are no Kicks after a score.
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Unlimited substitution of players.
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Players must observe the offside rule, particularly that of remaining behind the hindmost foot at rucks, mauls and scrums; lineouts to a minimum of 10 metres.
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The game shall be played over two 15 or 20-minute periods or an alternative decided by the Festival Organisers
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No player may run more than 20 metres before passing the ball.
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All players must observe the restrictions on tackling “older players”. These are identified by coloured shorts.
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Boots: metal/aluminium studs are prohibited. All players must use either plastic, moulded, rubber or blades for playing.
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Coloured Shorts
35 to 59 years RED SHORTS: If a player is wearing red shorts in this category it means that he cannot be tackled to the ground or pushed off his feet. Any player in red shorts may be ‘held’ in the spirit of EGOR but NOT tackled.
60 to 64 years YELLOW SHORTS: Can be held but not brought to the ground.
70 to 79 years PURPLE SHORTS: Cannot be touched or obstructed in any way.
80 + years SPECIAL COMMITTEE SHORTS: Cannot be touched or obstructed in any way.
N.B. Club shorts are the normal coloured shorts worn by the club. These MUST NOT be red or gold or purple in colour

Captains will be responsible for the behaviour of their players.

Other variations may be organised at the discretion of EGORF and both captains and the referees. Please ensure your Team are aware of the Golden Oldies Laws!

Remember, if you feel you do not wish to Play Grand Old Rugby Festival, you could become a Referee, contact your Local Rugby Union for details.

REMEMBER: FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND FRATERNITY!

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