Sport Rugby

Saturday 24 February 2018

muddled justice killing the game

I HEARTILY endorse my colleague Peter Bills' piece 'Inconsistent Justice Doing Game No Good' in Thursday's Irish Independent.

Like him, I believe that rugby's disciplinary process is losing its way.

Professionalism in every walk of life demands the highest professional standards. In order to meet the judicial needs of a professional game in which the number of players being cited is hitting over-flow, there is a need for a full-time judicial team, preferably of legally-qualified former players immersed in the game.

Not for a minute am I suggesting any malicious wrongdoing or hidden agenda on the part of those giving freely of their time to help keep the game afloat.

However, with such variation in sanctions throughout the world, the very credibility of the game is on the line.

Unfortunately, the unhealthy and widely held perception at the moment is that rugby is being let down by arbitrary decision-making.

Irish Independent

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