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Another busy year of rugby disciplinary hearings

With the Rugby Union season ending with, unfortunately, yet another Wales’ tour of New Zealand it has been a busy year for several members of Civitas Law who have been involved in both administrative and disciplinary hearings at a local, regional and international level.

Prior to the season, three members of Civitas Law (Nicholas David Jones, Joanne Williams and Richard Cole) were asked by the Welsh Rugby Union to sit on a panel to decide a number of appeals against the league placements for the 2015/16 season.

Nick and Richard have chaired a number of interesting disciplinary appeals over the course of the season with the abuse of referees by players and coaching staff being a frequent theme. Owain Rhys James also sat on a number of WRU appeals.

Richard was a member of a panel which decided a number of administrative appeals regarding alleged illegal payments to players within the game in Wales.

Owain and Richard sat on a number of appeal panels convened by the Pro 12 League involving players from Scotland and Ireland and disciplinary offences. These involved analysis of television footage of the matches and the incidents which led to the citings.

In January 2016, Nick, Richard and Owain were appointed as Judicial Officers for the Six Nations Championship. They attended an enjoyable training weekend at a hotel near Twickenham with citing and judicial officers from across Europe. The keynote speaker was international referee Wayne Barnes. Talks were also given by John Jeffrey and Professor Lorne Stewart. Small group sessions involving the analysis of incidents that occurred in the 2015 Six Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup.

We are looking forward to next season!

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