A PLAYER WHO IS GUILTY OF VIOLENT CONDUCT, SERIOUS FOUL PLAY, OR THE USE OF ABUSIVE LANGUAGE HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SPORT
The initial responsibility and jurisdiction for the administration of the Disciplinary Procedures and for the initial adjudication and determination of appropriate disciplinary sanctions (if any) is held by the local Organizing Body most immediately responsible for sanctioning a competition (which currently includes SROs, GUs, College Conferences), which, as the same exists from time to time, is hereinafter called a “Local Organizing Body.” Therefore, the CGRU has established the Disciplinary Committee ("DC") to address such issues.
The DC is comprised of the:
Disciplinary Chair - Appointed by the CGRU Executive Committee within one month of the Annual General Meeting
Executive Director of Referees - Appointed by SERRS
Executive Director of Men's Rugby - Elected by the respective Division Directors at the Annual General Meeting
Executive Director of Women's Rugby - Elected by the respective Division Directors at the Annual General Meeting
At-large Member - Appointed by the Executive Committee
Current Committee Members:
David Morris (Chair)
The Appeals Committee is composed of officers of the CGRU.
No person shall serve on the Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee with respect to any match in which such person participated as a player, coach, or match official.
If the Local DC does not include a Qualified Judicial Officer or Qualified Appeals Officer, the Local DC may consult with a Qualified Judicial Officer or Qualified Appeals Officer in the course of conducting its business.
The DC shall follow the guidelines set forth by USA Rugby and World Rugby: Disciplinary Best Practices
Additional information can be found in the policy section of the USA Rugby website
as well as on the World Rugby site:
This is an overview of the discipline process and does not supersede that outlined by the by-laws and WR17. The following was written to simplify and summarize WR17 and the CGRU proceedings and likely relevant timelines. However, Procedures or proceedings under Regulation 17 and/or Regulation 18 or any decision of a Disciplinary Committee, Judicial Officer, Appeal Committee or Appeal Officer shall not be quashed or held invalid by reason only of any defect, irregularity, omission or other technicality unless such defect, irregularity, omission or technicality raises a material doubt as to the reliability of the findings or decisions of a Disciplinary Committee, Judicial Officer, Appeal Committee or Appeal Officer or results in a miscarriage of justice. (17.28.2). This means if the referee is late to file a report or the information is not processed within certain timelines, this is not grounds for dismissal or appeal.