Thurles RFC

TRFC Code of Conduct


    Thurles Rugby has a history of which we are proud and one built upon respect for the game, its Laws and all those involved in whatever capacity in playing and supporting the game.

    We are therefore committed to supporting the IRFU and Munster Rugby initiatives to ensure that standards of behaviour within our club are maintained at the highest level and match the very best sporting behaviour of our predecessors, from whom we have inherited this great game of rugby football.

    The following Code of Conduct therefore sets down standards expected of players, coaches, spectators and no referee officials involved with Thurles Rugby. In particular, Thurles Rugby supports the Munster Branch, IRFU “Respect the Referee” Code of Conduct which is contained in the below:


    Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family

  • Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the laws of the Game
  • Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions
  • Play with control. Do not lose your temper
  • Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club
  • Be a “good sport”. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition
  • Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not “bully” or take advantage of any player
  • Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach; team mates and members of your club
  • Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good
  • At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match
  • Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents.
  • Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent
  • Winning and losing is part of sport: Win with humility – lose with dignity
  • As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help your team
  • As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team!
  • Remember you are representing your team, club, family and the Game of Rugby
  • A player must not repeatedly breach the Laws of the Game relating to Foul Play or Misconduct
  • A player must Not abuse, threaten or intimidate a player, referee, touch judge or other match official, whether on or off the field, or a selector, coach, manager or other team official
  • A player must not show unnecessary obvious dissension, displeasure or disapproval towards a referee, touch judge or other match official, his or her decision or generally following a decision of a match official
  • A player must not use crude or abusive language or gestures towards referees, touch judges or other match officials or spectators
  • A player must not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult or humiliate another participant on the ground of the religion, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the person
  • A player must not conduct themselves in any manner, or engage in any activity, whether on or off the field, that would impair public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of matches and competitions or in the integrity and good character of participants
  • A player must not do anything which adversely affects or reflects on or discredits the game or Thurles Rugby


  • Be on your best behaviour and lead by example.
  • Do not use profane language or harass referees, players or coaches.
  • Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as your own.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no match.
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
  • Verbal abuse of players or referees/officials cannot be accepted in any shape or form.
  • Players or referees/officials are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour.
  • Encourage young players to play by the Laws of the game.
  • Spectators can contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all involved.
  • Regardless of the weight of opinion, the referee is always correct
  • You are most welcome at our club but we ask that you abide by these enshrined doctrines of Rugby Union