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To ensure the highest level of discipline throughout York RUFC at all levels which will maintain York RUFC as an excellent club to play rugby for and against.

York RUFC takes discipline very seriously and will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour on or off the field.


The committee will internally manage discipline issues efficiently, effectively and fairly. This committee will act as the Yorkshire RFU do following disciplinary guidelines of the RFU.

The committee consists of players, club officials, youth representative and parents. Three from the four members will discuss all incidents; members with a conflict of interest will sit out.

The disciplinary and appeals committee consists of club chairman, club secretary, chair of disciplinary committee, junior section child protection officer and at least two ordinary members from the players, coaches, or supporters.

Disciplinary panel currently Mark Gronnow (Chair), Niall Barry, Darren Thompson, Nic Ventress, Colin Ventress and Mick Wilkinson.

Internal appeals panel currently Michael Potrykus (Chair), Brian McClure, Darren Thompson & Nic Ventress.


Team captains or managers must report all red cards, yellow cards and disciplinary incidents to the disciplinary officer ( and club secretary ( before end of the day after the incident. Club secretary to inform Yorkshire RFU of all sending offs.

Three members of the disciplinary committee to meet and discuss immediate action. Two week ban automatically implemented, however, exceptions may be made prior to report.

Referee’s report arrives and is circulated to disciplinary committee and player.

Face-to-face meeting held between player and disciplinary committee.

Disciplinary committee informs player/captain of action (if any) decided by committee following RFU guidelines. These are enforced and submitted to Yorkshire RFU disciplinary committee. Yorkshire RFU will then decide if punishment is appropriate or request appearance by player.

Player has option to appeal the decision of York RUFC by allowing Yorkshire RFU disciplinary to hear report.

The player has choice of whether to attend the Yorkshire RFU disciplinary hearing. There is an administration charge from Yorkshire RFU incurred in this process.

There is an appeals process via Twickenham which incurs further cost.

These fees will not be paid by the club.

All suspensions, counted in weeks, will be immediate from date of meeting unless stated otherwise.


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