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World Rugby disciplinary process

Discipline is one of Rugby’s core values. Rugby’s intensely physical characteristics means that there are firm boundaries within which players must operate to ensure that the game is as safe and fair as possible.

All players on the field of play must play within the laws of the Game and foul play contrary to Law 9 is penalised by the on-field match officials. For more serious foul play, players may be required to attend a disciplinary hearing in accordance with Regulation 17.

Everyone involved in rugby is also required to adhere to World Rugby’s values and Regulations, and breaches of World Rugby’s Regulations may also result in a hearing before a World Rugby Judicial Panel.

The video below explains how the disciplinary process works.

More information on how foul play is officiated can be found here.

World Rugby’s Disciplinary Decisions can be viewed below.

Disciplinary Decisions

Date

Team

Player

Tournament

Offence

Sanction

Further
information

30 Nov 2019 Tonga Paula Ngauamo RWC 2019 Supplementary decision on sanction 7 weeks  
20 Oct 2019  France  Sebastien Vahaamahina RWC 2019  9.12 (striking) 6 weeks Press release
Written decision
14 Oct 2019  Uruguay  Guillermo Pujadas RWC 2019  9.27 (unsportsmanlike conduct)  6 weeks  Press release
Written decision
14 Oct 2019  Tonga  Paula Ngauamo RWC 2019  9.12 (kicking)  7 weeks  Press release
Written decision
Supplementary decision
13 Oct 2019  Ireland  Bundee Aki RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous tackle)  3 weeks  Press release
Written decision
9 Oct 2019  Canada  Josh Larsen RWC 2019   9.20 (dangerous play in a ruck or maul) 3 weeks Press release
Written decision
5 Oct 2019  Argentina  Tomas Lavanini RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous tackle) 4 weeks  Press release
Written decision
5 Oct 2019  Italy  Nicola Quaglio RWC 2019  9.18 (lifting tackle) 3 weeks Press release
Written decision
5 Oct 2019  Italy  Andrea Lovotti RWC 2019  9.18 (lifting tackle) 3 weeks Press release
Written decision
3 Oct 2019  Uruguay  Facundo Gattas RWC 2019  Appeal against three-week sanction Appeal dismissed Press release
Written decision
1 Oct 2019  Samoa  Motu Matu'u RWC 2019  Appeal against three-week sanction Appeal dismissed Press release
Written decision
30 Sep 2019  Samoa  Ed Fidow RWC 2019  Red card (two yellow cards) Red card sufficient  Press release
Written decision
29 Sep 2019  Uruguay  Facundo Gattas RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks Press release
Written decision
27 Sep 2019  England  Piers Francis RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous high tackle) Citing not upheld Press release
Written decision
26 Sep 2019  USA  John Quill RWC 2019   9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks Press release
Written decision
25 Sep 2019  Samoa  Rey Lee-Lo RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks  Press release
Written decision
25 Sep 2019  Samoa  Motu Matu'u RWC 2019  9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks  Press release
Written decision

Written decision variation
25 Sep 2019  Samoa  Ed Fidow RWC 2019  9.12 (punching or striking) CCW CCW

22 Sep 2019

 Australia

 Reece Hodge

RWC 2019

 9.13 (dangerous tackle)

3 weeks Press release
Written decision
22 Sep 2019  Argentina  Matías Moroni RWC 2019  9.27 (hair-pulling) CCW CCW

8 Sep 2019

 Namibia

 Pieter-Jan Van Lill

RWC warm-up

 9.12 (Striking)

3 weeks

Press release
Written decision

20 Aug 2019

 France

 Paul Gabrillagues

RWC warm-up

 9.20

3 weeks

Press release
Written decision

Decisions

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