Limerick Rugby - St Munchin’s consider next move in eligibility row

St Munchin's are objecting to the new player eligibilty rules introduced into the Munster Schools Senior Cup
THE Board of Management at St Munchin’s College will decide on Monday night whether the well-known rugby nursery will sign up to a new set of regulations on player eligibility for next year’s Munster Schools Senior Cup.

THE Board of Management at St Munchin’s College will decide on Monday night whether the well-known rugby nursery will sign up to a new set of regulations on player eligibility for next year’s Munster Schools Senior Cup.

The province’s eight ‘A’ schools had been due to sign up to the new regulations by Tuesday evening or face exclusion from the Munster Schools Senior Cup.

However, a meeting of the Munster Schools Committee agreed a request from St Munchin’s College to extend the Tuesday deadline in order to allow the Corbally college consider the regulations at their Board of Management meeting on Monday.

St Munchin’s will then indicate whether they are agreeable to sign up to the regulations on player eligibility or not.

Under the new eligibility rule, an ‘A’ school will be entitled to play three schoolboys who have previously been registered in another school in the Munster Senior Schools Cup competition in the same academic year in which the schoolboys transfer schools. An exemption will also be made in the case of a schoolboy who has attended a school outside of Munster in the previous academic year. The exemption will also apply for a schoolboy whose parents have moved house within Munster. In other cases, the Munster Branch’s Age Grade Committee can agree that the non-participation by a schoolboy in the Munster Schools Cup for his new school would be ‘unreasonable.’

Gamesmaster at St Munchin’s College, Eric Nelligan said: “We won’t be in breach of the rules this year as only two players have joined the school with a view of playing Senior Cup.

“A lot will depend on what wording Munster Schools want in the letter from us. Our concern is what is there to prevent Munster Schools from tightening the number of players who can play the year after? We would have a concern over that.”

Munster’s seven other ‘A’ schools have signed up to the new eligibility regulations.