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: New Disciplinary Sanctions Table

At its November 2016 meeting the World Rugby Council approved the introduction of an amended Sanctions Table for Foul Play. The revised table includes:

  • Tougher sanctions for dangerous play relating to the head (punches, stamps, kicks, etc.);
  • Revised entry points for certain offences to “reflect the modern game”; and makes
  • Minor adjustments to other entry points to make them more practical for the aggravation / mitigation element of the sanctioning process.

The revised Sanction Table comes in to effect on 3 January 2017. All offences which occur on or after 3 January 2017 will be sanctioned in accordance with the revised World Rugby Sanctioning Table.

Discipline Sanctions Table (effective for offences committed from 3 January 2017) 

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 2016/17

Sanctions Imposed during the Previous Season

Discipline Report 2015/16
List of Discipline Committee Sanctions 2015/16

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.