The Rugby Football Union has issued a warning to all men’s players over new rules which will see them banned from wearing shorts under the age of 30.
The new rules will take effect from the start of the 2017-18 season, with a two-week window for appeal.
It comes as Rugby League clubs are considering how to deal with players who wear shorts under 30.
Rugby League is an all-boys league that starts in the summer.
Players are not required to wear the shorts to play but players can wear them on the field and on the sidelines to demonstrate a commitment to playing sport and to promote a good image.RFL has said it is concerned by the rule change and is working with the Rugby Players’ Association and the NRL to make sure players are aware of the rule changes.RFA general manager of Rugby League, Brian Smith, said the changes are part of a wider strategy to support the game in the long-term.
“The new rule is a step in the right direction and will help ensure the game remains competitive and accessible for all men,” Smith said.
“We are currently working closely with the NRL and other stakeholders to ensure that men’s rugby remains accessible and accessible to everyone.”
It is important that all young people, both boys and girls, have access to an inclusive and inclusive sport.
“All men’s sport is about the spirit of the game and I welcome any opportunities to work with all parties to improve that spirit.”
He said there was still time for players to appeal the ban, and any player found to be breaching the new rules could face a three-week ban.
“Players are already facing a fine or a ban if they are found to have worn shorts under a 30-year-old, so there is no doubt that a player will be able to appeal,” Smith added.
“Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for all parties involved to work through any issues and resolve them expeditiously.”
Rugger League is the only professional sports league in the world that bans shorts under 18.
The rules are set to take effect at the start and end of the season.