Roscrea College Threatens IRFU With Court Over Eligibility

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10 January 2018

The Irish Times reports that Cistercian College Roscrea are threatening High Court action against the IRFU and the Leinster Branch schools committee over the eligibility of nine teenage rugby players.

One of the students, having played representative age grade rugby while attending another school, was enrolled in Roscrea last September to repeat his Leaving Certificate.

The Leinster schools committee’s “20 month rule” was introduced to stymie leading rugby schools recruiting talent from other schools and the youths (club) system.

It states that a teenager has to be in the school before fifth year, unless there are “exceptional circumstances,” if he is to be eligible to play in the Leinster schools senior cup.

“The 20 month rule and with the ban on Leaving Certificate students participating in The Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup presents Cistercian College with grave difficulties,” stated Cistercian’s, who are represented by Andrew Cody of Reidy Stafford solicitors, “challenging the very core of its ethos and its commitment to pupils. As such, the college believes it has no remaining option but to take action to address this.

“The central principle for what is an unclear and flawed rule states that a boy joining a Leinster school must be in attendance at the school for 20 months before being eligible to play in the Leinster schools senior cup and its feeder competitions.

“Over the last three years, eleven boys did not accept a place at Cistercian College as their reasonable individual request for

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