Disciplinary Procedures

Scottish Rugby recognises the need for effective disciplinary rules, together with equitable procedures to ensure that those rules are applied fairly. Scottish Rugby reminds all those involved in the game of its core principles of Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Enjoyment and Respect. Discipline is an integral part of the game, both on and off the field, and this is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values.

World Rugby Regulations

World Rugby has issued two Regulations covering the disciplinary processes associated with the game. A copy of the World Rugby Regulations can be found at:

Regulation 17: Illegal and/or foul play
Regulation 18: Disciplinary and judicial matters

Scottish Rugby’s Discipline Rules and Standards

Scottish Rugby has adopted the World Rugby Regulations within its own rules on disciplinary matters. These rules are set out in the Scottish Rugby Guide to Disciplinary Procedures (the “Guide”). The purpose of the Guide is to explain the rules and associated procedures. It also supports our objective of ensuring that justice is obtained through our disciplinary proceedings, and that decisions are made in a fair, consistent, independent and expeditious manner.

Guide to Disciplinary Procedures

World Rugby has also issued a Code of Conduct which Scottish Rugby is bound to monitor and enforce. This code of conduct has been incorporated in the Scottish Rugby Code of Conduct:

Find out more about Scottish Rugby's Code of Conduct for the Game of Rugby

All clubs, players and other persons connected to the game are required to comply with the Code of Conduct and the discipline rules set out within the Guide to Disciplinary Procedures.

Latest News: Changes to the Discipline Rules

The following changes to the Discipline Rules have been introduced for 2017/18:

  • Citings : Where a player admits the charge he will no longer be compelled to attend the hearing and the Discipline Committee may consider the case based on the papers / other evidence. The Discipline Committee will be able to compel attendance where it believes this to be required. This will bring the Citing process closer to that used for Red Cards.
  • Misconduct Hearings : At present only Referee Abuse Misconduct cases can be dealt with based on the papers/without the need for a hearing. This option is being extended to other categories of misconduct where the offence has been admitted.
  • Examples of Misconduct : The list of the examples of Misconduct has been extended to (i) specifically state “any breach of Scottish Rugby’s Child Protection Policy and (ii) failure to notify Scottish Rugby where someone associated with a club has been charged with a serious offence. 

Specific Sanctioning Matters

Enhanced Sanctions

At certain times it is deemed to be in the best interests of the game to provide advice to referees and disciplinary committee members with regard to deterring particular offences. The Scottish Rugby Board has provided such a guidance in respect of the abuse of match officials:

SRU Memorandum on the Abuse of Match Officials

Sanctions Imposed during the Current Season

The following sanctions have been imposed by the independent Discipline Committee:

List of Discipline Committee Sanctions 2017/18

Sanctions Imposed during the Previous Season

List of Discipline Committee Sanctions 2016/17

Contact details

If you can't find the information you're looking for, have a specific query or wish to report any matter associated with our Disciplinary Rules please contact Scottish Rugby's Discipline Manager, Richard McGhee, at [email protected] or 0131 346 5029.