International Quota (IQ) Policy 2020: Current International

A “current international” is someone who:

  • Played in the British & Irish Cup September 2019 for Ireland or Great Britain or played for Ireland against South Africa.
  • Is a current member of any non-Irish ITF nation’s international team. 

    "Nurtured Player” Exemption
    If you have a player who played with you in the 2019 Summer League (this does not include Late Summer!) and is a new Irish international (i.e. selected for the first time in the September 2019 B&I Tag Cup or the tests versus South Africa), they are exempt from the IQ for all relevant elite leagues in 2020 where they are playing for the same team on the same night as they did in 2019. This applies to Men’s, Ladies, Championship and Premiership.

  • Summer League is the main competition for the year when everybody plays.

    Sample Scenarios:

  • I played with Ireland during 2018 versus Great Britain but I am no longer an Irish Tag Squad member and did not play versus GB in September 2019 or against South Africa.Exempt from IQ
  • I was registered and played for my elite mixed or elite men’s/ladies team in Summer League 2019 and was only selected for Ireland in September 2019 for the first time. I will register and play for the same relevant team(s) in all elite Leagues in 2020.Exempt from IQ when playing for the same Summer 2019 team
  • I registered and played for a club team on Thursday last year and that same club team is now going to play on Tuesday instead and I was only selected for Ireland for the first time in September 2019. I did not play for a Tuesday team in 2019.Exempt from IQ
  • I played for a team in Limerick last summer, have now moved to Dublin, will be playing for a new elite mixed and/or men’s/ladies team in the Leagues in 2019 and I played in the B&I 2019.Must be included in IQ
  • I am new to Tag but a former Irish rugby league international and played in the B&I Cup in September 2019. I will be playing elite mixed/men’s/ladies for the first time in 2020.Must be included in IQ
  • I played for a mixed elite and men’s/ladies team in Summer League 2019 and was only selected for Ireland for the first time in September 2019. I want to play for a new team(s) in 2020.Must be included in IQ
  • I registered and played for a mixed elite and/or men’s/ladies team in Summer League 2019 and was only selected for Ireland for the first time in September 2019. My relevant team has disbanded or merged with another team. Must be included in IQ
  • I was a member of the team Ireland squad in 2012 and was re-selected as part of the Irish squad for September 2019. I am still registered and playing for the same relevant elite team(s) in 2020 as I was in 2019.Must be included in IQ
  • I was a member of team GB for B&I Cup in 2019.Must be included in IQ
  • I was picked in 2019 for a Team Ireland squad, I have not played International Tag previously and I am playing for the same team as Summer league 2019.Exempt from IQ for 2019

Quota for all Dublin Mixed Premierships in 2020 and Cork/Limerick Mixed Premierships in 2020 is 5+1 which is 5 on the night max (field of play and bench) and 6 max in the league squad. Players are expected to register as subject to IQ or otherwise on the online system (Galway Premiership Quotas TBC at a later date)

Quota for Dublin Mixed Championship to be which is 3 on the night max (field and bench) and 3 in the league squad total.

Quota for Men’s & Women’s League is 5+1 (Dublin & Cork & Limerick).

Please note that Men’s & Women’s Super League is only for that gender specifically to play! In other words, NO ladies to play in the Men’s league, and vice versa. If you do; then   please register for Mixed League where males and females are registered to play equally together!

In the event of a clarification been required over the application of the IQ rule to a particular player in your playing squad the position can be clarified by emailing an appeal application to

Cup finals in Spring and Summer:

In the event of a draw at end of normal time in Semi Finals and Finals for Spring and Summer League for Mixed Championship, Premiership and Men’s and Ladies League the match is to be concluded using the ITF drop off rule. There are no substitutions during drop off and the teams are reduced to 5 players (a maximum of 3 Male players in mixed) for the duration of drop off.

Player eligibility for Finals:

For Final’s Night matches: a team can use any player registered on the squad list/team for that relevant league provided that player has been registered at least one week prior to the final in that league and they are also included on the submitted IQ squad list.

For example, in an 8 week league a team will not be allowed to make any changes or add any new players after Week 7. All players must be registered for their team once when they play during Weeks 1 – 7.

Mixed Social League:

These are ITRA Tag leagues outside of Premiership / Championship / Division 1. There is a limit of three (3) premiership players of which only two can be (2) International Quota (IQ) player restriction per squad.

That is a maximum of three premiership standard players to include up to two (2) International standard players (male or female) in the squad on/off the pitch registered for that Mixed Social team.

A premiership player is defined as somebody who has registered to play premiership in the past year and has played more than one game. It does not include anybody who has yet to register and play in two separate distinct premiership leagues.

Please note you can only register and play for one team in any given league.