A new, professional disciplinary panel has been formed to deal with alleged offences or breaches of the Code of Conduct by professional players within the four Welsh Regions.
The WRU Professional Disciplinary Panel will comprise a legally-qualified chairman, a former player and a member of the WRU Regulatory Committee (who shall be from a District which has no connection with the Player or the teams participating in the match in which the alleged offence occurred).
All other disciplinary offences and breaches of the Codes of Conduct within domestic club rugby, shall be dealt with by a WRU disciplinary panel of at least three (3) members of the disciplinary sub committee of the Regulatory Committee of the WRU (WRU Disciplinary Panel) none of whom shall be from a District which has a connection with the Player, Officials, Clubs or the Teams participating in the match in which the alleged offence occurred.
In addition, a member of the Welsh Society of Rugby Union Referees will attend WRU Disciplinary Panel meetings to observe proceedings and give advice from a match official's points of view.
Below are the results of the first two WRU Disciplinary Panel meetings held at the Millennium Stadium this season.
Thursday, 11 September Rhys TUCKER (Dunvant) - dangerous tackle v Aberavon Quins: Two (2) week suspension. Mr Tucker may resume playing on 26 September, 2008.
Matthew VEATER (Cardiff) - punching v Coventry: Two (2) week suspension. Mr Veater may resume playing on 26 September, 2008.
Tuesday, 23 September
Craig CROSS (Llandovery) - kicking v Bridgend: Four (4) week suspension. Mr Cross may resume playing on 21 October, 2008.
Geraint EVANS (Tredegar) - head butt v Ynysybwl: Four (4) week suspension. Mr Evans may resume playing on 22 October, 2008.
Rhys FISHER (Llanelli Wanderers) - verbal abuse of referee v Cardigan: Twelve (12) week suspension. Mr Fisher may resume playing on 17 December, 2008.
Andrew GRIFFITHS (Cwmtwrch) - stamping v Bynea: Five (5) week suspension. Mr Griffiths may resume playing on 29 October, 2008.
Adam HARPER (Colwyn Bay) - stamping v Bro Ffestiniog: Five (5) week suspension. Mr Harper may resume playing on 29 October, 2008.
S HOWELLS (Mold) - punching v Llandudno: Five (5) week suspension. Mr Howells may resume playing on 29 October, 2008.
Lyndon JENKINS (Hendy) - punching v Trimsaran: Two (2) week suspension. Mr Jenkins may resume playing on 8 October, 2008.
Sean LLOYD (Trimsaran) - punching v Hendy: Two (2) week suspension. Mr Lloyd may resume playing on 8 October, 2008.
H JONES (Glais) - stamping v Pontardawe: Five (5) week suspension. Mr Jones may resume playing on 29 October, 2008.
Graham SLACKE (Banwen) - slapping v Penygroes: Sending off sufficient. Mr Slacke may continue playing immediately.
Matthew WATTS (Penclawdd) - punching v Kidwelly: Five (5) week suspension. Mr Watts may resume playing on 29 October, 2008.
CODE OF CONDUCT
St ALBAN'S v Penygraig, 6 September - St Alban's coach Brian Free and player Kelvin Robinson entering the field of play: Club fined £500 suspended for 12 months.
MACHYNLLETH - Failing to fulfill fixture v Rhosllanerchrugog on 13 September: Deduction of four (4) league points.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.