RFU Regulation 15 - Appendix 2

RFU Regulation 15 - Discipline appendix 2

Sanction Entry Points

NOTE: ANY ACT OF FOUL PLAY WHICH RESULTS IN CONTACT WITH THE HEAD AND/OR NECK SHALL RESULT IN AT LEAST A MID-RANGE ENTRY-POINT 1

Note: Where a Player receives a mid-range or top end sanction, a Disciplinary Committee/Judicial Officer/Appeal Committee/Appeal Officer may, at its discretion, agree that one week of the sanction may be replaced by a “Coaching Intervention” that complies with the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme.

9.11 (a) Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others including leading with the head, shoulder, elbow or forearm, or jumping into, or over, an opponent

(b) Ball-carriers must not lower their height significantly before making contact with an opponent in open play. (Applicable to all games being played under the Tackle Height Domestic Law Variation)

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.12 A player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to:

Offence Low-end Mid-range Top-end Maximum
Biting
12 Weeks or Matches
18 Weeks or Matches
24+ Weeks or Matches
208 Weeks or Mataches
Intentional Contact with the Eye(s)*
12 Weeks or Matches
18 Weeks or Matches
24+ Weeks or Matches
208 Weeks or Mataches
Reckless Contact with the Eye(s)*
6 Weeks or Matches
12 Weeks or Matches
18+ Weeks or Matches
208 Weeks or Mataches

*1 The note does not apply to the following:

(i) Laws whose low-end entry points already take into account head contact being a potential feature or consequence of such breach reaching the red-card threshold: 9.12 (biting, contact with eye(s)/eye area and striking with head), 9.18 and 9.27 (hair pulling).

(ii) Where the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer having completed the necessary steps under Regulations 19.11.8 – 19.11.13 inclusive and having taken into account the application of the Coaching Intervention Programme where relevant, considers that the sanction would be wholly disproportionate to the offending player’s fault and the consequences thereof.

2 The World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme is only available for foul play offences occurring under the “Head Contact Process”

3 The “eye” involves all tissues including the eye lids within and covering the orbital cavity and the “eye area” is anywhere in close proximity to the eye.

4 The “eye” involves all tissues including the eye lids within and covering the orbital cavity and the “eye area” is anywhere in close proximity to the eye.

Offence Low-end Mid-range Top-end Maximum
Contact with the Eye Area*
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Punching or Striking with Hand, Forearm, Arm, Elbow, or Shoulder.
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Leading with the Forearm
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Striking with the Head*
6 Weeks or Matches
10 Weeks or Matches
16+ Weeks or Matches
104 Weeks or Matches
Striking with the Knee
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Stamping or tramping
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Tripping
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
8+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Kicking
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.12 A player must not verbally abuse anyone. Verbal abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse based on: religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation.*

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
6 Weeks or Matches
12 Weeks or Matches
18+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.13 A player must not tackle or attempt to tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent in open play above the base of the sternum even if the tackle starts below the base of the sternum. (Applicable to all games being played under the Tackle Height Domestic Law Variation)

9.13 A player must not tackle or attempt to tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the shoulders (Applicable to all games not being played under the Tackle Height Domestic Law Variation)

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

*
5 The “eye” involves all tissues including the eye lids within and covering the orbital cavity and the “eye area” is anywhere in close proximity to the eye.

6 Head-on-head contact arising out of a tackle situation should ordinarily be sanctioned under Law 9.13 below.

7 The Judicial Officer, Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Officer or Appeal Panel may in addition to the imposition of a sanction in weeks and/or matches impose any education/training, with any order of cost to be determined by the Panel, or additional off-field sanction requirement as deemed appropriate. The Panel may also suspend the effect of any sanction in accordance with Regulation 19.11.2

9.14 A player must not tackle an opponent who is not in possession of the ball.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.15 Except in a scrum, ruck or maul, a player who is not in possession of the ball must not hold, push, charge or obstruct an opponent not in possession of the ball.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
6+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.16 A player must not charge or knock down an opponent carrying the ball without attempting to grasp that player.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.17 A player must not tackle, charge, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose feet are off the ground.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.18 A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
6 Weeks or Matches
10 Weeks or Matches
14+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.19 Dangerous play in a scrum.

a. The front row of a scrum must not form at a distance from its opponents and rush against them.

b. A front-row player must not pull an opponent.

c. A front-row player must not intentionally lift an opponent off their feet or force the opponent upwards out of the scrum.

d. A front-row player must not intentionally collapse a scrum.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
8+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul.

a. A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

b. A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.

c. A player must not intentionally collapse a ruck or a maul.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
8+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.25 A player must not intentionally charge or obstruct an opponent who has just kicked the ball.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
6 Weeks or Matches
10+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.27 A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship including but not limited to:

Offence Low-end Mid-range Top-end Maximum
Hair Pulling or Grabbing
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
6+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Spitting at Anyone
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
Grabbing, Twisting, or Squeezing the Genitals (and/or brests in the case of female players)
12 Weeks or Matches
18 Weeks or Matches
24+ Weeks or Matches
208 Weeks or Matches
Other
4 Weeks or Matches
8 Weeks or Matches
12+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches
2 Yellow Cards in a Match
Please See RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 1

9.28 A player must not disrespect the authority of a Match Official*

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
2 Weeks or Matches
4 Weeks or Matches
6+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

* Any offence committed under Law

9.28 which relates to a Young Match Official (YMO) or a Match Official under the age of 18, shall result in at least a mid-range entry point.

9 The Judicial Officer, Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Officer or Appeal Panel may in addition to the imposition of a sanction in weeks and/or matches impose any education/training, with any order of cost to be determined by the Panel, or additional off-field sanction requirement as deemed appropriate. The Panel may also suspend the effect of any sanction in accordance with Regulation 19.11.2

9.28 A player must not verbally abuse a Match Official. Verbal abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse based on: religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation.10

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
6 Weeks or Matches
12 Weeks or Matches
18+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.28 A player must not make physical contact with Match Officials.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
6 Weeks or Matches
12 Weeks or Matches
18+ Weeks or Matches
52 Weeks or Matches

9.28 A player must not use threatening actions or words towards Match Officials.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
12 Weeks or Matches
24 Weeks or Matches
48+ Weeks or Matches
260 Weeks or Matches

9.28 A player must not physically abuse Match Officials.

Low End Mid-range Top-end Maximum
24 Weeks or Matches
48 Weeks or Matches
96+ Weeks or Matches
Life

Any offence committed under Law 9.28 which relates to a Young Match Official (YMO) or a Match Official under the age of 18, shall result in at least a mid-range entry point.

In respect of offences for breaches of law 9.12 (verbal abuse only) or law 9.28 or any offence not referred to in Appendix 2, appropriate sanctions may be imposed at the discretion of the relevant Judicial Officer, Disciplinary Committee, Appeal Officer and/or Appeal Committee (as the case may be).

Notwithstanding the Sanctions in Appendix 2 and/or the provisions of Regulation 19 in cases where the player’s actions constitute mid-range or top end offending for any type of offence which had the potential to result and, in fact, did result in serious/gross consequences to the health of the victim, the Judicial Officers and/or Disciplinary Committees may impose any period of suspension including a suspension for life.

Bad Disciplinary Record

When dealing with a Club under the bad disciplinary record provisions a Disciplinary Panel may impose any appropriate sanction, including (but not limited to) a reprimand, a financial penalty or deduction of league points or relegation, exclusion or disqualification from any competition, or a combination of the above. Sanctions may also be suspended if considered appropriate.

Under Age Players who train/play in Adult Rugby

This mandated sanction table relates to the sanctions for breaches of RFU Regulation 15, where a player under the age of 18 either plays or trains with adults without the required permissions.

All low or mid-range breaches shall be dealt with on a papers only basis unless otherwise directed by the Chair of the Panel.

Without prejudice to the RFU’s power to bring a disciplinary charge pursuant to RFU Rule 5.12, the RFU shall be entitled to impose fixed penalties in respect of any breach of any of the regulations set out below and anyone in breach of such regulations shall be bound by such penalty or penalties:

Classification of Breach Description of Classification Sanction
Low Level Breach
A player under the age of 18 trains with adults without required permission. No injury occurs.

Fixed 5-point deduction from club 1st XV
AND
Coach/ person responsible for team selection, suspended for 3 months (subject to the application of mitigating and aggravating features) which in itself may be suspended.
AND
Requirement for presentation to all age grade teams on regulation 15.

Mid Level Breach

A player under the age of 18 plays with adults without required permission. No injury occurs
OR
A player under the age of 18 trains with adults without required permission. Injury occurs.

Fixed 5-point deduction from club 1st XV
AND
Coach/ person responsible for team selection, suspended for 3 months (subject to the application of mitigating and aggravating features) which in itself may be suspended.
AND
Requirement for presentation to all age grade teams on regulation 15.

High Level Breach

A player under the age of 18 plays with adults without required permission. Injury occurs, or no injury occurs but player plays in the front row.
OR
A player under the age of 17 plays with adults without the required permissions.

Fixed 10-point deduction from club 1st XV.
AND
Coach/ person responsible for team selection, suspended for 6 months (subject to the application of mitigating and aggravating features) which in itself may be suspended.
AND
Any other sanction that is deemed proportionate by the Panel.

Where there are multiple instances of players under the age of 18, playing with adults without the required permission

No less than 10 points deducted from the club 1st XV

Where a club’s 1st XV do not participate in a league, or a deduction of points would not be meaningful in the current season, the panel should consider any appropriate alternative sanction.

Any suspended sanction will be considered by any future panel for a breach of any element of regulation 15. It will be for that panel to determine if any or all of the suspended sanction should be activated.

For the avoidance of doubt, details of the required permission are set out in RFU regulation 15 and must be completed in full.

Only in cases where the panel consider the fixed sanction to be wholly disproportionate to the level of offending can it not be applied. In any such case a copy of the written judgment must be sent to the RFU Head of Discipline as soon as it is available.

Non-compliance of mandated education

Where an individual or a club fails to complete education or training that has been directed by the RFU Head of Discipline, in accordance with regulation 19.1.21, the RFU Head of Discipline may provisionally suspend the individual or club until its completion.

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