Peter Jordan, Secretary
Tel mob: 07710 016192
Tel home: 01562 882176
Darren Clegg, Assistant Secretary
Tel mob: 07864 931503
- Dai Scard (Chair), Peter Jordan (Sec), attend all meetings. Other members (2 or 3) are invited from the North Midlands Full Committee.
- The player is expected to attend usually with supporters – witness to the incident and character witness.
- The player and witnesses sit to face the panel – referee to the side.
The Hearing – Start
- Chairman welcomes all attending and makes introductions.
- Chairman reads out the charge and asks for a plea. Witnesses depart – player and referee remain.
- Referee invited to comment on his report – only do so if something is to add.
- Player asked if he has seen the report and give evidence.
- Player questioned by the panel.
- Witnesses to the incident are called to give evidence and answer questions.
If offences are not admitted
- Player, referee and witnesses retire while panel decide whether to proceed. Then receive evidence.
- All return to hear decision. If not proven, case is dismissed – however if on the balance of probabilities it is more likely then the offence is proved.
If case is proved (admitted)
- Character witnesses called and heard and questioned.
- Past 5 years playing record determined.
- All again leave for panel to decide on the penalty.
- All return to hear decision from the Chairman, reason for the decision and receive notification in writing.
Options available to the panel
- Not Proven
- Sending off sufficient
- Caution / Reprimand
Period of suspension – Guidelines from the RFU.
25th January 2018
Re: New Law Book and Age-Grade Disciplinary Sanctions
As most of you are aware, on 1st January 2018 World Rugby introduced a new Law Book and updated discipline sanctions table.
The purpose of this change is to streamline the Laws of Rugby and to give a wider scope for acts of foul play to be dealt with effectively by Club, CB and National Discipline Panels when they occur. I attach a copy of the new Youth Rugby sanctions table, showing the old Law, the new Law and the updated sanctions for each offence.
This will assist all Clubs to ensure that they discipline their players correctly, using the right Law and the appropriate sanction.
This leads me to the second reason for my letter to you. As you know there are very few age- grade disciplinary incidents (in particular significant ones) whether in schools, colleges or clubs and, as a result, my workload is thankfully light. However, sometimes it is too light. Over the past few seasons, I have received fewer Red Card reports and these have always come from Society referees.
We are aware that it is increasingly difficult for the NMSRFR to appoint Society referees for junior club games. This means that many junior club games are refereed by club referees. A club referee has all of the powers of any rugby referee, including the power to send off a player for foul play. Where a club referee issues a red card it is important that they complete a sending off report (attached), which the club must send it to me within 48 hours.
Discipline is one of our core values. It is vital that we maintain the best standards of discipline in the game by ensuring that where foul play occurs, it is properly dealt with. Please ensure that your Junior Rugby officials and the referees that they appoint are aware of the important role that they play in keeping rugby safe and well-disciplined.
I wish you a safe and successful remainder of the season.
North Midlands Youth Disciplinary Secretary