RugbyWA Statement Regarding Disciplinary Matter

Wed, May 17, 2023, 1:33 AM
Rugby WA Media
by Rugby WA Media

RugbyWA can confirm the suspension of a Perth Bayswater Rugby Club player under the charge of physical abuse of a Match Official (under Law 9.28).

The suspension follows an incident from a Premier Grade game on 22 April 2023 – a RugbyWA Judicial Committee finding the player guilty.

Due to the high-end and deliberate nature of the offence, a sanction of 96 weeks – effectively, almost five years – was handed down.

RugbyWA CEO Simon Taylor said, “We strongly condemn any form of abuse or harassment towards Match Officials, and are determined to ensure that any such behaviour is stamped out of the game.

“The Rugby community must remain vigilant against abuse towards Match Officials, and we hope that this sanction contributes to ensuring a more respectful approach to Officials at any level of Rugby."