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 Disciplinary Rules. The Disciplinary Rules support 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.

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:

All clubs, players and other persons connected to the game are required to comply with the Code of Conduct and the Disciplinary Rules.

Latest News: Disciplinary Sanctions Table

At a Special Meeting of the World Rugby Council held on 16 May 2018 the Council agreed to amend the Sanctions Table appended to World Rugby Regulation 17 (Foul Play). The new Sanctions Table is effective from 1 June 2018.


Guide to Disciplinary Hearings

Scottish Rugby has produced a Guide to Disciplinary Hearings to assist those subject to a disciplinary complaint or are otherwise involved in the disciplinary process:

We would recommend that anyone attending a Disciplinary Hearing with a mobility issue or other disability brings this to the attention of the Discipline Manager in advance of the Hearing in order that appropriate adjustments can be considered.

Note: Reading the Guide is not a substitute for reading the Disciplinary Rules. In the event of any conflict / inconsistency between the Guide and the Rules, the Disciplinary Rules will prevail.

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

Guidance on the Determination of "Meaningful Sanctions"

The following guidance has been provided to Disciplinary and Appeal Committees in respect of the determination of meaningful sanctions:

Sanctions Imposed during the Current Season

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

Sanctions Imposed during the Previous Season

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.