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    RFU league game at the weekend , the two teams had very similar shirts so I made the home team change
    No grumbles, but the home team have no spare shirts and they turn their shirts inside out... So now we have resolved the colour clash .. but they have no numbers.
    So, in RFU world what are the responsibilities of the home club .. should there be, or is there any sanction for not possessing a change strip

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    No sanctions AFAIK, but if the clash causes a problem, the league might be asked for a ruling.
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    Well, the problem caused was that that they played the game with no numbers. And numbers are mandatory, aren't they ? Or are they ?

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    I'm not sure numbers are mandatory in the way that if you don't have them you forfeit the game. I think in this case everyone has to be sensible and understand that as a referee you may not always be able to clearly identify the offender. Whilst you might normally penalise "Red 7" everyone will have to appreciate "The big red fella" or "the bald wee man" might have to be as good as it gets.

    Could be interesting at YC time.

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    Is it correct to say that if there is a non-safety irregularity we should play the game and let the league / organisating body sort it out?

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    So you followed 13.6.3(a) correctly - unless this was a Divisional Premier league or National League match.
    13.6.3.(c) lays out shirts should be numbered in accordance with any World Rugby requirements.

    But it is only a should and I cannot see any penalty listed.

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    So is there nothing to prevent a team turning out each week in unnumbered shirts ?

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    Slightly appropos this, the RFU Schools Cup (Nat West) Regulations only require ("must wear") numbered shirts for those teams in the QF, SF and Finals (when RFU also appoint the referees). Seems economically sensible.
    Be reasonable - do it my way.

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    Default Re: Change of shirts

    Just out of interest, why did the home team change - it's usually the visitors' responsibility to avoid a confusing clash, isn't it? Or were the visitors' shirts the same colour when reversed?

    Although I suppose a home team might have an away team kit at the club.

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    In the professional game the away team change , but in the grassroots game the home team to .. because hopefully there is a spare set of shirts in the clubhouse somewhere.

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