[Note: the below was previously available at the USA Rugby website, but cannot be located. For archival purposes, the procedure is being placed here, until they are officially republished by USA Rugby.]
Overtime Procedures for Playoff Matches (15s)
If the match is tied in regulation, then there will be a 5 minute water break followed by overtime.
There will be a coin toss during the water break to determine side and kickoff. Teams will alternate side and kickoff at the start of every overtime period.
Overtime begins with TWO 10-minute periods. BOTH 10 minute periods will be fully played, regardless of scoring.
There is a 2-minute water break at the end of every overtime period.
If one team is ahead at the end of the second overtime period, then they are the winner of the match.
If the match is still tied after two overtime periods, the match will proceed to sudden death.
Sudden death consists of 10-minute periods with a change of sides and kickoffs after each period. Note: the teams merely switch sides and kickoff to the begin the 3rd OT period which begins sudden death; there is no additional coin toss.
The first team to score in sudden death is the winner of the match.
There will be a 5 minute water break after each 40 minutes (4 periods) of overtime play.