The Disciplinary Committee of the Welsh Rugby Union last night fined the Caerphilly Coach Mark Ring Â£500 and an extra Â£ 500 suspended for twelve months for a breach of its "Code of Conduct."
The Committee decided that in publicly criticising Mr Gareth Simmonds for his refereeing of a recent Celtic League game between Caerphilly and Ebbw Vale, Mark Ring had breached an accord to which the Clubs and Union had agreed.
The Union would like to re-affirm its commitment to protecting the Integrity of its match officials, and it will take immediate action against participants who are in breach of that agreements.
A "Code of Conduct" has long been agreed to by the Union and its clubs in order to protect those involved in the game. Premiership Clubs were reminded of that agreement prior to the commencement of the current season.
A process of complaint has also been agreed to and there is an official avenue open to anyone who feels the need to discuss a problem or express a grievance.
On behalf of Mark Ring, the Caerphilly Club stressed to the Disciplinary Committee that their Head Coach was in the early stages of his career and was expressing frustration arising from his team not taking their opportunities in the match against Ebbw Vale.
They had reminded him of his responsibilities to the wider game in Wales, and that he now accepted that any future representations should be done through the agreed channels to the Referees Department.
Mark Ring stressed that he had a good relationship with Gareth Simmonds And that his remarks were not in any way personal, but geared towards the good of the fast and open game agreed between the National Team management, Premier Coaches and leading Referees.
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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
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Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
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Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.