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.