DISCIPLINARY CHAIR

Name: Stuart Scott

Email: disciplinechair@dwrugby.co.uk

Telephone: 

DISCIPLINARY SECRETARY

Name: Gerald Burden

Email: disciplinesec@dwrugby.co.uk

Tel: 07415 995087

Disciplinary Sanctions for the 2021 - 2022 Season

Ref noIncident DateClubNameChargeOutcomeSanctionReturn to play date
20/21-006 2018-2021Swindon RFCClub5.12Proven£2,000.00 fineSuspended for 3 yrs.
Yeovil RFCSeniorPassed to Somerset
21/22-00119/09/2021Dorchester RFCAge GradePassed to the RFU
21/22-00225/09/2021CalneSenior9.12 & 5.12Proven4 Match ban and reprimand
21/22-00325/09/2021Trowbridge RFCSenior9.12Not proven
21/22-00425/09/2021Lytchett Minster RFCJordan Andrews9.13Proven3 Match ban17/10/2021
21/22-00525/09/2021St Austell RFCSeniorPassed to Cornwall RFU
21/22-00626/09/2021Bradford on Avon RFCAge Grade9.12Proven4 Match ban
21/22-00726/09/2021Bradford on Avon RFCAge Grade9.12Not proven
21/22-00809/10/2021Melksham RFCJack Tunney9.13Proven3 Match ban14/11/2021
21/22-00909/10/2021PooleNiall Taylor9.12Proven8 Match ban16/01/2022
21/22-01002/10/2021Devizes RFCJohn Bramwell9.27Proven1 Match ban
21/22/-01119/06/2021Reported Abuse
21/22-01213/10/2021Bishop Wordsworth’s SchoolAge Grade 9.12Proven 4 Match ban - will also referee lower age groups during his ban and also attend weekly pastoral meetings with the 6th form office
21/22-01317/10/2021WalcottAge Grade GirlsReported Abuse
21/22-01417/10/2021Trowbridge RFCAge Grade9.28
CLUB PROCEDURE FOLLOWING THE SENDING-OFF OF A PLAYER

Every club is required to have a properly constituted Disciplinary Committee that is charged with maintaining the standards of discipline within the club. It is strongly recommended that this committee be pro-active rather than reactive.

As stated in RFU Regulation 19, in all circumstances Club Secretaries must report to the Chairman or Secretary of the Dorset & Wilts Disciplinary Panel within 48 hours after the match the name, address and contact telephone number of any player who has been ordered off the playing enclosure, including players under the age of 17. Referees are also required to submit a report in the prescribed form. (There are no exceptions to this and it applies equally to Society, to non-society referees and to those who ‘just take up the whistle’.)

In accordance with RFU Regulation 19, the Dorset & Wilts Disciplinary Panel will charge a fee of £85.00 towards the disciplinary hearing expenses. This fee rises to £100.00 if the process is not complied with.

These contributions cover the administration costs (including Panel travel), the hiring of rooms and equipment. In addition if a club is subject to a disciplinary hearing then that club must pay the costs incurred.

The charge for a citing is £125.00 and any extra expenses must be paid by the club, not by D&W RFU.

Age Grade regulation applies to School, Age Grade rugby and Representative Rugby up to and including U18's teams. Where a player aged under 18 is playing in an Under 20’s or an adult team (s)he is subject to the RFU regulations, which apply to all adult players as covered in the RFU Discipline Regulations).

If a player is sent off or cited in a school match then that player’s head teacher has the responsibility for taking disciplinary action against him or her, under the guidance of the CB Age Grade Disciplinary Secretary (CBAGDS).

OUTLINE OF PROCEDURE FOR DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS(INCLUDING U17S/U18S PLAYING AT ADULT LEVEL)

The panel should ideally consist of three people.

The player must be heard and can be represented.

The hearing should be conducted in accordance with the RFU Disciplinary Regulations set out above, adapted as necessary to the circumstances.

The referee’s report will be read or details of the conduct alleged will be explained. The person appearing before the panel should be asked whether the allegations are admitted. If they are, the Panel will then hear representations in mitigation before deciding on the sanction or sentence.

If the allegations are not admitted, the Panel will hear the evidence in the following sequence:

Witnesses supporting the allegation will be heard and cross-examined.

The person against whom the allegations are made shall be entitled to give and to call evidence in rebuttal subject, again, to cross-examination.

The chairman will then invite all persons other than the members of the Disciplinary Panel to retire whilst the panel considers its decision in private.

The panel will decide whether, on the balance of probabilities, they find the case proven or not. They should provide the player with reasons for their findings.

The standard of proof in disciplinary cases is the balance of probabilities and not, as in a criminal court, beyond reasonable doubt.

The panel usually has no power to impose a fine; but it will charge the administrative fee for the hearing and it may also award reasonable travel costs incurred by witnesses against the player or player’s school or club.

The principles of natural justice, as they apply to RFU disciplinary matters, should be applied. The player must be advised of his right to appeal any decision and that (s) he must do this within 14 days of the hearing.