THE Special General Meeting to decide where the ‘Club XVs’ of Super 6 licence-holders will play from next season onwards has been requisitioned to take place at 6pm on Friday 22nd March at Murrayfield Stadium.
A communication issued by Murrayfield earlier today outlined the single motion being proposed by SRU President Dee Bradbury on behalf of the SRU Council, based on the recommendations made by Gavin MacColl QC’s Standing Committee on Governance.
The motion is –
A – The “Club XVs” of those Scottish rugby clubs holding a Super 6 license will play in National 1 in the season in which the Super 6 competition commences (2019/20);
B – At the end of each season 2019/20 and 2020/21, once club will be relegated from the Premiership (or successor league) to National 1, and one club will be promoted from National 1 to the Premiership (or successor league);
C – National 1 clubs will be promoted into the Premiership (or successor league) in accordance with their league positions at the end of season 2018/19, so as to populate the 2019/20 Premiership (or successor league) with 10 teams. There will be no relegation from the Premiership (or successor league) at the end of season 2018/19;
D – Relegation will take place from National 1 in accordance with the presently operating competition rules;
E – Promotion and relegation will take place from National 2 and all lower leagues in accordance with the presently operating competition rules;
and that the Board of the Scottish Rugby Union be and is authorised to proceed to give effect to that determination through changes to the relevant National Competition Rules.
The quorum for this meeting will be one-third of the total members eligible to vote. Because the wording of Bye-Law 14.2.3 refers specifically to “clubs”, representatives of the Scottish Rugby Referees Association, the Schools Division and members of the SRU Council will not be entitled to vote on the motion, although – rather confusingly – they are entitled to attend and be counted towards the quorum.
A simple majority of the clubs present is required to pass the motion, as it does not fall into any categories where Bye-Law 21 requires that a two-thirds majority must be obtained (i.e. to reverse of a decision of either the SRU Council or SRU Board; to alter, rescind or add to the bye-Laws; or to give special direction regarding finance).
If the meeting failed to reach a quorum, or the motion is not passed, then a status quo will apply for next season, meaning that the Club XVs’ of Super 6 franchise holders will remain in the Premiership (or successor league), with relegation back on the table this season (straight down for the club which finishes bottom in the Premiership and a play-off for the second bottom team).
Any amendment to the motion must reach Graham Ireland, the SRU’s head of regulation, by no later than Friday 14thMarch, by either letter or email, signed by secretary of the full member club/associated body proposing and seconding, and be on the headed paper of the club/associated body concerned.