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World Rugby Announce Revised Foul Play Sanctions

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Alex Cuthbert of Wales is shown the yellow card by referee Craig Joubert during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Following an extensive review of rugby’s disciplinary processes, World Rugby have announced details of an enhanced and modernised Regulation 17 framework dealing with foul play.

The new regulations deal primarily with sanctions and the sport’s disciplinary structure in order to create processes to reflect the modern rugby environment.  Wherever practicable World Rugby will appoint three person judicial committees, comprising of one lawyer and two individuals with recent experience in the modern professional game, in order to deal with incidents of foul play.

The governing body have also resolved to expedite the scheduling and resolution of judicial hearings as quickly as practicable following a red card, citing or other disciplinary matter in order to provide teams certainty as early as possible for the purposes of team selection and travel arrangements for subsequent fixtures.

As anticipated, World Rugby have introduced tougher sanctions for dangerous play relating to the head, while the governing body have also made revisions to entry point sanctions to reflect the modern game.

Upon announcing the introduction of the new Regulation 17 framework, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:

We know there is increased scrutiny of rugby’s laws and regulations from fans and the media. Player welfare and upholding the values of the game are of paramount importance as we reach out to more men, women and children around the world.

“I am confident that the revised Regulation 17, dealing with foul play, delivered following the full consultation of our member unions, is representative of a sport that is founded on the values of discipline, respect and integrity. It will allow for greater consistency across the board, while recognising the practical differences between elite and community rugby.

 

World Rugby Sanctions for Foul Play (Regulation 17)

Law

No.

Description Entry Point Based on Scale of

Seriousness of the Player’s conduct, which constitutes the

offending –

Lower End (LE), Mid Range (MR),

Top End (TE)

Maximum

Sanction

 

10.4(s)

10.4(m)

 

Verbal Abuse of Match Officials

 

LE – 6 weeks MR – 12 weeks TE – 18+weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(s)

10.4(m)

 

Threatening Actions or Words at Match

Officials

 

LE – 12 weeks MR – 24 weeks TE – 48+ weeks

 

260 weeks

 

10.4(s)

10.4(m)

 

Physical Abuse of Match Officials

 

LE – 24 weeks MR – 48 weeks TE – 96+ weeks

 

Life

 

10.4(s)

10.4(m)

 

Incidental Physical Contact with Match

Official

 

LE – 6 weeks MR – 12 weeks TE – 18+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(a)

 

Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 4 weeks TE – 8+ weeks

 

A strike to the head shall result in at least a mid-range entry point sanction.

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(a)

 

Striking another Player with the elbow

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

A strike to the head shall result in at least a mid-range entry point sanction.

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(a)

 

Striking with knee

 

LE – 4 weeks

MR – 8 weeks

TE – 12+ weeks

 

A strike to the head shall result in at least a mid-range entry point sanction.

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(a)

 

Striking with head

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 10 weeks TE – 16+ weeks

 

104 weeks

 

10.4(b)

 

Stamping/Trampling on an Opponent

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 12+ weeks

 

Stamping/trampling on the head shall result in a top-end entry point sanction

 

52 weeks

 

Law

No.

Description Entry Point Based on Scale of

Seriousness of the Player’s conduct, which constitutes the

offending –

Lower End (LE), Mid Range (MR),

Top End (TE)

Maximum

Sanction

 

10.4(c)

 

Kicking an Opponent

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 8 weeks TE – 12+ weeks

 

A kick to the head shall result in a top- end entry point sanction

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(d)

 

Tripping an Opponent with the foot/leg

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 4 weeks TE – 8+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(e)

 

Dangerous tackling of an Opponent including early or late and including the action known as the “stiff arm tackle”

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(e)

 

Dangerous tackling of an Opponent including:

(i)         a tackle or attempted tackle above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders;

(ii)        grabbing and rolling/twisting around the head/neck area even

if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

A dangerous tackle which results in a strike to the head shall result in at least a mid-end entry point sanction

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(f)

 

Holding, pushing or obstructing an Opponent not holding the ball, by a Player who is not in possession of the ball, except in a scrum, ruck or maul

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 4 weeks TE – 6+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(f)

10.4(k)

 

Dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of Opponent with or without the ball, including shouldering

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(h)

 

A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(i)

 

Tackling, pushing, pulling, colliding with or otherwise making contact with an Opponent who is jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play where there is no realistic prospect of the player competing for the ball

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 8 weeks TE – 12+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(j)

 

Lifting a Player from the ground and either dropping or driving that Player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the Player’s feet are off the ground

 

LE – 6 weeks MR – 10 weeks TE – 14+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

 

Law

No.

Description Entry Point Based on Scale of

Seriousness of the Player’s conduct, which constitutes the

offending –

Lower End (LE), Mid Range (MR),

Top End (TE)

Maximum

Sanction

 

10.4(k)

 

Causing a scrum, ruck or maul to collapse

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 4 weeks TE – 8+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

A player must not grab, twist, squeeze or strike an opponent in the genital area (male or female) or, in the case of female players, the breast area.

 

LE – 12 weeks MR – 18 weeks TE – 24+ weeks

 

208 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Biting

 

LE – 12 weeks MR – 18 weeks TE – 24+ weeks

 

208 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Contact with the Eye(s)

 

LE – 12 weeks MR – 18 weeks TE – 24+ weeks

 

208 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Contact with the Eye Area1

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 8 weeks TE – 12+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Spitting at Players

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 8 weeks TE – 12+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Verbal abuse of Players, Match Officials, spectators, coaches or support staff based on Religion, Race, Colour, or National or

Ethnic Origin, sexual orientation or otherwise

 

LE –  6 weeks MR – 12 weeks TE – 18+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Any other acts (not previously referred to)

which are contrary to good sportsmanship

 

LE – 4 weeks MR – 8 weeks TE – 12 weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(m)

 

Hair pulling or grabbing

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 4 weeks TE – 6+ weeks

 

52 weeks

 

10.4(o)

 

Late charging the kicker

 

LE – 2 weeks MR – 6 weeks TE – 10+ weeks

 

52 weeks

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