Player transfers within Rugby Union are subject to IRB Regulation 4. 6 Movement of Players Between Unions. Particular reference should be made to regulation 4.6.1.
4.6.1 A Player leaving or proposing to leave his Current Union to play in another Union shall not be Registered or eligible to participate in competitions organised, recognised or sanctioned by that New Union until the New Union has received the original version (or a facsimile copy of the original version) of a Clearance.
Any player wishing to play in another Union overseas must gain clearance from their Club, State Union and the Australian Rugby Union.
It is recommended that this clearance be obtained prior to departure from the player's Current Union.
There are five (5) steps to follow:
Note: Applications received by the ARU which have not been correctly completed and/or signed will not be endorsed and will be returned to the applicant!
Any player wishing to transfer from their current Union overseas to play in Australia must first gain clearance from their Current Union prior to participation within a new Union.
It is recommended that this clearance be obtained prior to departure from the player's Current Union using the following steps.
Note: Applications for clearance received by the ARU for players wishing to play within our Union will be forwarded to the respective State Unions.
For more information on International Player Transfers contact:
Administrator, Rugby Participation
Australian Rugby Union
PO BOX 115
St Leonards NSW 1590
Ph: +61 2 8030 3336
Rcpt: +61 2 8005 5555
Fax: +61 2 8005 5681
There may be practical reasons for players to change clubs. For example, players may trial with one club but end up playing for another in the actual competition or change clubs and unions due to relocation of work.
It is a directive from the Australian Rugby Union, that any player wishing to transfer between unions/zones must complete the attached ARU Domestic Transfer Application (see below) prior to registering with a new union. All clubs, players, affiliate bodies and relevant staff should be made aware of this directive.
This will greatly assist in the tracking of players within Australia, along with preventing suspended players from simply switching unions to continue playing.
Process - example:
Download the ARU Domestic Transfer Application (pdf - 53kb).
Club to Club transfers - Please note that this will not effect club to club transfers within a Union, as these will still be governed by local competition rules.
For more information contact your local Competition Manager or State/Territory Union.
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