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.
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