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Lack of discipline both on and off the rugby field "must be addressed" and improved, Hampshire RFU clubs were told last night writes Brian Seeney.


At the Annual General Meeting at Tottonians RFC, HRFU Executive Director Rick Scott said worsening discipline last season was "a worrying feature".


"As reported by our Discipline Committee, the number of sending-offs increased alarmingly and peaked as the season ended.


"Whilst the revised discipline procedure worked well, 43 dismissals are far too many – I would ask that the subject of discipline be addressed at every club.


"Of perhaps greater concern is the unacceptable number of "unsavoury incidents" reported at mini and youth rugby matches; abuse of match officials by coaches and spectators alike must and will be eradicated."


Rick warned that the Hampshire Youth Committee has put in place "a process to monitor and report youth indiscipline and clubs should be aware of the powers available to the County Management Committee – these can reach as far as the First XV - should this blight on our game continue unchecked".


Click on AGM Report 2014 to download the document containing reports to the meeting.

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