Game On adopted for 2020
Manawatū Rugby has confirmed that it will adopt New Zealand Rugby's Game On model in all senior and secondary school grades below Hankins Shield and Premier One respectively.
It provides the abilities for games to kick off with less than 15 players, rolling subsitutions or if a team has no replacement frontrowers.
WHY GAME ON?
No one likes training during the week only to have the match defaulted on Friday night or Saturday morning. If you're a rugby coach you might have to spend all week looking for front rowers. That's all about to change with Game On and it's designed to make sure that the rugby still kicks off.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The rugby match will play under the Game On approach if a team has 15 and/or fewer players or doesn't have enough front-rowers.
Agreement must be reached with teams and match officials prior to the match starting, however, teams are encouraged to agree on the Game On options in the days leading up to match day.
WHO WILL USE GAME ON?
Game On was introduced to in 2020 and both Senior Club rugby, below Hankins Shield, and secondary school rugby, below Premier 1, will use Game On.