Board Declares IDRU Amateur from 2018

illawarrarugbylogoThe IDRU Board of Directors has taken the bold step to declare that all competitions it administers will have amateur status from the commencement of the 2018 season and beyond. The new policy was announced recently and discussed with all clubs at the last IDRU Rugby Committee meeting in June. The Board wanted to give all clubs plenty of time to review the new policy and make the required adjustments to their practises in time for the 2018 season.

The Board expressed their concern for the long term viability of our competition expressing that it felt that the payment of individual players is against the ethos of our game, and threatens the sustainability of the IDRU competition. The Board has observed the negative issues caused by widespread payment of players within other competitions, namely the Sydney Suburban Rugby competition, and wishes to avoid similar problems in the Illawarra.

The basic essence of the new policy is that individual players are not to be paid. The Board actively encourages clubs to invest in quality coaching staff, club and ground facilities, modern equipment, training methods etc.. Clubs are expected to follow these rules, along with all IDRU Competition Rules. The IDRU Judiciary will be responsible for adjudicating on breaches and imposing penalties commensurate with the new policy.

All clubs have been supplied with a full statement of the policy and a comprehensive explanation document outlining the full range of what is unacceptable behaviour in respect of which is likely to attract disciplinary action by the Board.

In a statement distributed to all clubs IDRU President Peter Woods stated “ Member clubs entrust the Board to administer our competition and make important decisions. We believe that this is one of the more important decisions the Board has made in recent years, and we have not made it lightly. Future IDRU Boards will obviously have ability to judge the success of this decision, though your current board is confident that this is the correct approach”.

The new policy will be included as part of the wider competition rules, effective from Round 1 of the 2018 season.


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