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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 British and Irish Lions series in South Africa, 2021. 

Disciplinary Decisions

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              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
              13-Oct-19 Ireland Bundee Aki RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              09-Oct-19 Canada Josh Larsen RWC 2019 9.20 (dangerous play in a ruck or maul) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              05-Oct-19 Argentina Tomas Lavanini RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 4 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              05-Oct-19 Italy Nicola Quaglio RWC 2019 9.18 (lifting tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              05-Oct-19 Italy Andrea Lovotti RWC 2019 9.18 (lifting tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              03-Oct-19 Uruguay Facundo Gattas RWC 2019 Appeal against three-week sanction Appeal dismissed PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              01-Oct-19 Samoa Motu Matu'u RWC 2019 Appeal against three-week sanction Appeal dismissed PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              30-Sep-19 Samoa Ed Fidow RWC 2019 Red card (two yellow cards) Red card sufficient PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              29-Sep-19 Uruguay Facundo Gattas RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              27-Sep-19 England Piers Francis RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) Citing not upheld PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              26-Sep-19 USA John Quill RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              25-Sep-19 Samoa Rey Lee-Lo RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              25-Sep-19 Samoa Motu Matu'u RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              WRITTEN DECISION VARIATION
              25-Sep-19 Samoa Ed Fidow RWC 2019 9.12 (punching or striking) CCW CCW
              22-Sep-19 Australia Reece Hodge RWC 2019 9.13 (dangerous tackle) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              22-Sep-19 Argentina Matias Moroni RWC 2019 9.27 (hair-pulling) CCW CCW
              08-Sep-19 Namibia Pieter-Jan Van Lill RWC warm-up 9.12 (Striking) 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION
              20-Aug-19 France Paul Gabrillagues RWC warm-up 9.2 3 weeks PRESS RELEASE
              WRITTEN DECISION

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