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IRB reaches out in disciplinary review
ESPNscrum Staff
March 7, 2012
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Australia coach Robbie Deans was among those to attend the IRB's London conference © Getty Images
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Leading figures in international rugby have convened at a London conference to discuss the future of the game's disciplinary processes.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) Morality Conference, held on Monday and Tuesday, sought to discover whether current disciplinary procedures were "fit for purpose at all levels of the game" following the success of the Rugby World Cup and the reintroduction of Sevens as an Olympic sport.

IRB vice chairman Oregan Hoskins took charge of the summit, which was attended by Australia head coach Robbie Deans, former Springbok captain John Smit, ex-Pumas skipper Agustin Pichot, Scotland fullback Chris Paterson and England flanker Maggie Alphonsi, among others.

A previous event, held in 2005, recommended the current system of low, mid-range and top end entry levels for the citing procedure. It is now hoped that new suggestions can be passed on to the IRB council, with debated topics including the tip tackle, stamping, gouging and abuse of officials.

"There is increased scrutiny of rugby's laws and regulations from fans and the media," Hoskins said. "Player welfare and upholding the values of the game are of paramount importance as we reach out to more men, women and children around the world.

"It was invaluable to have top international players, coaches and referees from the men's, women's and Sevens game expressing their views, identifying trends, critiquing the tariffs, calibrating and making recommendations for council to consider."

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