Hi, if i start with 7 players on the pitch, and no subs, what is the minimum number of players i must have on the pitch before the game is forfeit, if i have injuries that can't continue? thanks.Hi
Interesting question. The law is silent on the minimum number of players required to be in a team, the only thing it mentions is that there has to be a minimum of 5 players in a scrum. So assuming you also need to have a someone to put the ball into a scrum, then 6 a side is as low as you can go.
Having said that league and competition regulations will often cover this, especially at the lower levels, but this usually covers how many players you need to start a match, not how many you need to finish it.
So in the absence of any other information The Rugby Ref would say 6 to a side.
The Rugby Ref