In 2015 NZSS Rugby Union found itself dealing with claims around cheating and inadequate management/ administration processes for the prestigious Top 4 competition.
It would be hard to argue that the top two teams in the country did not play in the final, but what was clear is that the final was overshadowed by allegations, reviews and judgements.
In October 2015 an independent investigation was completed by Peter Dale, with the following recommendations CLICK HERE.
Since then, the NZSRU have undertaken a comprehensive review of the Rules and Regulations for the National 1st XV Championships for Boys, Co-Educational Schools and Girls. As a result of the review, the NZSRU has now released new rules, ensuring alignment with those of the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council.
The new rules cover player and team eligibility including timely disclosure of relevant documentation by both schools and NZSRU and complaints/disputes/non-compliance processes including sanctions, clarification of roles and responsibilities and appeals processes. In addition, the review identifies specific matches that will be managed under the jurisdiction of the NZSRU.
Regional Championship Coordinators (listed below) have been appointed to oversee and manage the preliminary components of the competition in each of the four regions and a National Championship Manager has been appointed to oversee the Semi-Finals in the Blues, Chiefs and Hurricanes franchises and the South Island Final between the Crusaders and Highlanders – as well as assist where required on any regional matters.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SET OF RULES
National Coordinator: Stephen Kissick
Blues: Jim Lonergan
Chiefs: Jamie Davis
Hurricanes: Nick Reid
South Island Schools: Geoff Steyn
Report originally published on New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council http://www.nzsssc.org.nz
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