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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 the Citing and Judicial processes are available in the relevant online learning modules available here

The video below explains the Head Contact Process.

The World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme was introduced in July 2021 to add to the deterrents that were already in place in the form of red cards and playing sanctions, set at a minimum entry point of six weeks for foul play involving contact with the head. The Coaching Intervention will be operated by World Rugby as a one-year pilot programme in elite competitions. Any player who has been sanctioned by a Disciplinary Panel for foul play involving contact with the head may apply to substitute the final week/match of their sanction for a coaching intervention. 

In order to be approved, the coaching intervention must be a targeted and technique-focused measure, designed to analyse tackle/contact technique and identify and implement positive modifications to change the player’s behaviour and ultimately reduce the risk of injury. This intervention will be reviewed and overseen by an independent expert coaching review group and will only be available to first-time offenders.

Further information can be found here.

Click here for Citing Commissioner appointments for the men's and women's internationals on 26-27 November, 2021. 

Disciplinary Decisions

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              21-Nov-21 Canada Olivia DeMerchant Women's int Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) Red card not upheld PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              21-Nov-21 Argentina Tomas Lavanini Autumn Nations Series Law 9.20(a) (dangerous play at ruck/maul) 5 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              20-Nov-21 Romania Sioeli Lama Men's int Law 9.17 (tackling a player in the air) 2 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              20-Nov-21 Australia Rob Valetini Autumn Nations Series Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              20-Nov-21 Ireland Hannah O'Connor Women's int Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              14-Nov-21 Scotland Hannah Smith Women's int Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 4 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              14-Nov-21 Japan Yuna Sato Women's int 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              13-Nov-21 Canada Michael Smith Nov int 9.16 (dangerous charge) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              13-Nov-21 Fiji Eroni Sau Autumn Nations Series 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 5 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              06-Nov-21 Tonga Viliami Fine Autumn Nations Series 9.12 (striking) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              05-Nov-21 Canada Laetitia Royer Pacific Four Series Red card (two yellow cards) Red card sufficient PRESS RELEASE
              19-Sep-21 Jamaica Fabian Turner HSBC Sevens 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 1 match WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 Chile Felipe Brangier HSBC Sevens 9.17 (tackling a player in the air) Sending off sufficient WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 South Africa JC Pretorius HSBC Sevens 9.18 (lifting tackle) Citing not upheld - out of time WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 Chile Juan Bascunan HSBC Sevens 9.20 (charging into ruck or maul) 3 matches WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 Hong Kong Russell Webb HSBC Sevens 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 matches WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 South Africa Zain Davids HSBC Sevens 9.18 (lifting tackle) Citing not upheld - out of time WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 Canada Asia Hogan-Rochester HSBC Sevens 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 matches WRITTEN DECISION
              19-Sep-21 Great Britain Alicia Maude HSBC Sevens 9.18 (lifting tackle) 3 matches WRITTEN DECISION
              31-Jul-21 British and Irish Lions Kyle Sinckler July int 9.12 (biting) Citing not upheld PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              17-Jul-21 Australia Marika Koroibete July int 9.13 (dangerous tackle) Red card not upheld PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              10-Jul-21 England Lewis Ludlow July int 9.12 (striking with the knee) 4 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              10-Jul-21 Cell C Sharks Jaden Hendrikse July int 9.12 (striking) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              10-Jul-21 Argentina Juan Cruz Mallia July int 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              10-Jul-21 USA Riekart Hattingh July int 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 4 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              04-Jul-21 USA Riekart Hattingh July int 9.17 (tackling a player in the air) Citing not upheld PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              30-Nov-19 Tonga Paula Ngauamo RWC 2019 Supplementary decision on sanction 7 weeks
              20-Oct-19 France Sebastien Vahaamahina RWC 2019 9.12 (striking) 6 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              14-Oct-19 Uruguay Guillermo Pujadas RWC 2019 9.27 (unsportsmanlike conduct) 6 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              14-Oct-19 Tonga Paula Ngauamo RWC 2019 9.12 (kicking) 7 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              SUPPLEMENTARY DECISION

               

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