Recap of EORU Men’s League Planning Meeting

On Saturday, February 29, a planning meeting was held at Twin Elm Rugby Park to establish the 2020 EOUR men’s league. During the meeting, there was a continued theme of the need to focus our attention on the development and retention of players To do so the EORU will provide more focus on a development league and provide scheduling that allows club coaches to maximize player development.

Some key decisions agreed upon:

• There was general agreement that we need to focus on EORU grassroots rugby and develop the game locally.

• Men’s EORU 1 will consist of Kingston 1, Irish 1, Scottish 1, Osprey 1 and Lanark. The league will start on May 23 and will consist of an eight game regular season ending on August 8 with a two-weekend playoff in August. The schedule allows for two bye weekends as well as three scheduled-off weekends.

• Men’s EORU 2 league will consist of two distinct seasons. The summer season will run from May 30 to July 18 with a two-weekend playoff. EORU 2 will take a short break over the August long weekend and for the Bingham Cup and the Fall league will restart August 22 and run until Sept 19. This league will be focused on developing players and growing the game.

• To assist clubs and coaches manage the development of younger and new players, the decision was made to allow clubs with 2 teams to play its first-team game before the second-team game. The change will give coaches the flexibility to ensure all players receive the minutes on the pitch needed to develop and enjoy the game. There was discussion and agreement that clubs will keep the spirit of the development game foremost when setting their development lineup and substitutions.

• All agreed that we want EORU to participate in the McCormick and Fall Cup with Rugby Ontario, but exactly how that would happen will need to discussed further with a larger audience.

• TERP will be hosting a season kick off tournament May 9.

The schedule and game regulations will be released by Tuesday March 10, 2020.