Prior to the start of the RBS Six Nations Championship 2016, there was change in the air. For the first time, England appointed a foreign head coach. Conversely, history continued to repeat itself, as potential squad members for the respective nations in the Championship fall foul of suspensions imposed pursuant to the worldwide governance of World Rugby.

An analysis of recent disciplinary cases from European professional club rugby

This article presents the background to the disciplinary process within European Professional Club Rugby, the organising body for the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup (together the European Rugby Cups). It will then present the findings of different disciplinary hearings arising from Round 5 the European Rugby Cups, coupled with a practical analysis.

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