The Marshall League is the province’s top division of men’s club rugby. The league is made up of 16 clubs in Ontario (outside of the EORU). The clubs are split into two conferences: The East Marshall and the West Marshall. Each conference is made up of eight teams. The clubs in the Marshall will field both a 1st and 2nd XV for the duration of the season.
At the end of the season, the East and West Conferences will produce winners based on the performance of BOTH the 1st and 2nd teams (total points). Both 1st and 2nd team competition points will be counted equally towards an overall “Club Championships.” Seeding for the McCormick Cup will be based only on the 1st XV Marshall standings.
The two clubs who finish last in their respective conferences will face relegation. The last place 1st XV team in the East and West will participate in a two-week home and away series with the winners of the Toronto Rugby Union and Niagara Rugby Union leagues respectively. In the West, the last place team will play the top team from the NRU, while the last place team in the East will play the top team from the TRU. The winners will be determined based on aggregate score. The Branch Unions will host the first round match and Marshall Clubs will host the second round match.
The McCormick Cup will consist of Ontario top eight teams (four East, four West). One team from the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union will be invited to participate in this competition. The clubs will be divided into two pools. After round robin play, the top two clubs in each pool will compete for the McCormick Cup.
The eight other Marshall Clubs who do not participate in the McCormick Cup will compete in the Fall Cup. The competition will be structured the same as the McCormick Cup (four west clubs, four east clubs). One team from the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union will be invited to participate in the competition. They will serve as the 16th seed. The clubs will be divided into two pools. After round robin play, the top two clubs in each pool will compete for the Fall Cup.