Nevertheless, there is much to be gained from getting it right first time. A report which is accurate, factual and detailed is likely to be accepted by the offending player and where the report contains sufficient detail regarding the incident it enables the discipline panel to deal with the matter without clarification or attendance by the referee at the hearing.

To support the accurate completion of writing discipline reports, the RFU Discipline and the RFU Match Official Development teams have produced a two page Discipline Report Writing Guidance document (attached) to assist referees in ensuring that all relevant matters are covered. The document can be found on WTR, the KYBO site at:

Keep Your Boots on – Referee resources

We are sure referees will find referring to the document helpful when completing a discipline report form. Further guidance and advice can be sought through your local Match Official Development Officer.

Kind regards,

David Barnes
Head of RFU Discipline

Michael Patz
RFU Match Official Development Manager

Dr Tim Miller
Chair of the RFU Laws Sub-Committee