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.