League Sanctions to be carried forward to 2022/2023
Failure to fulfil League Fixtures (against Regulation) will result in any applicable points deductions being carried forward to the 2022/2023 season in light of the no relegation criteria applying for season 2021/2022.
Points deductions need to be meaningful and have a real effect on the defaulting club. Deductions will therefore be made in the season where they will have the greater effect on the defaulting club i.e. either in the 2021-2022 season or in the 2022-2023 one.
Please be aware that at tonight’s RFU ACMSC meeting the subject of points deductions for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 was on the agenda.
As I’m sure you are aware there is to be no relegation as such at the end of this season and the RFU is concerned that certain clubs might try to take advantage of that fact.It is believed that certain clubs may decide not to honour away games as they don’t fancy the away journey. This would be judged an unjustifiable postponement with the resulting points deduction. The RFU does not wish clubs to believe that since there is no relegation that the defaulting club can take the points deduction hit without feeling the consequences.It has therefore been decided that after the transfer deadline (Friday February 18th 2022) any points deduction could be deducted in season 2022-2023, rather than being taken off in 2021-2022.
Please make your clubs aware of this when a points deduction is likely for any misdemeanour. It may (hopefully!) make them think twice before they commit any violation of game regulations.Best regards.