About the ACT
Junior Rugby Union

The home of Junior Rugby in the ACT and Southern NSW – where rugby is for Everyone!!

What does the ACT Junior Rugby Union do?

The ACT Junior Rugby Union strives to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the development and promotion of Junior Rugby as well as affording Players an opportunity to value the game, develop their skills and achieve representative honours. The ACTJRU and Brumbies Rugby are committed to promoting and strengthening a positive image of Rugby and its participants in Canberra and its surrounds.

What does the ACT Junior Rugby Union do

What is the Code of Conduct?

In light of this commitment, the Rugby Australia’s, (RugbyAU) Code of Conduct, supported by our ‘Expectations of Behaviour’ Guide, seeks to establish standards of performance and behaviour to ensure that all participants in the game, Players, Coaching Staff, Club and School Administrators, Parents, Supporters and the like, act in a professional, proper and appropriate manner to ensure that the game is played and conducted with disciplined and sporting behaviour.

What are my responsibilities under the Code?

Everyone involved in Rugby is bound by the Code of Conduct and should not abuse, threaten or intimidate a Referee, an Assistant Referee, (Touch Judge), Coaching Staff or other Team or Match Officials, whether on or off the field. They should not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult or humiliate another participant on the grounds of their religion, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour or national or ethnic origin. The ACTJRU has in place effective sanctions for those found to have breached the Code of Conduct.

What did I agree to?

By completing the RugbyAU Player Registration for your child, you have agreed to abide by Rugby’s Code of Conduct and to ensure we have a safe, fair and fun environment for all. It is very important that everyone involved in Rugby is aware of their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct and the respect owed to each other, particularly the important and valuable role our volunteers provide.

ACTJRU Core Values incorporating the
‘Spirit of Rugby’

We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that the unique spirit and ethos of the game of rugby is upheld and that we take a responsible attitude and duty of care towards ourselves and each other. Our core values include:

Integrity is central to the fabric of the game of rugby and is generated through honesty and fair play.
The rugby fraternity have a passionate enthusiasm for the game of rugby. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the rugby family.
Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to lifelong friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty, which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.
Discipline is an integral part of the game of rugby both on and off the field and is reflected through the adherence to the ACTJRU Competition Rules, ACTJRU Match Day Manual, ACTJRU Constitution, the Laws of the Game and rugby’s core values. Strong discipline underpins our game of rugby. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the Laws of Rugby, which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game of rugby. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport’s laws and regulations and report serious breaches.
Teamwork is essential to our game of rugby. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly, working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or game of rugby is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
Mutual respect forms the basis of our game of rugby. We hold in high esteem our game of rugby, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our Match Officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our Clubs and Schools and treat our clubhouses with consideration.
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support the game of rugby. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our game of rugby to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all cost and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
The ACTJRU Competition Rules and Constitution protect and promote the game of rugby, its values, spirit and ethos. However the ACTJRU Competition Rules cannot be, and will not be, prescriptive in relation to every particular issue that may arise in the management of ACTJRU Competitions and the game of rugby. Therefore if a particular issue is not dealt with prescriptively in the ACTJRU Competition Rules and / or the ACTJRU Match Day Manual and / or the ACTJRU Constitution then the Competition Manager will make a decision in relation to the issue by adopting the ACTJRU;s Core Values Incorporating the “ Spirit of Rugby”.