16. The Bloodgate Affair: A Case of Breaking Rules and Breaching Trust?

John Davies, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington


This case is focused on an incident that occurred in a game of rugby in 2009. Before we discuss the details of this particular incident, it is important to provide some background information about the game of rugby and the Heineken Cup competition.


In the mid-1800s, various formats of the game of football were played under different rules in the public schools of England. Early attempts to formulate a uniform set of rules foundered as a divide established between the “dribblers” and “handlers.” The former favored the Cambridge Rules and formed the Football Association in 1863. ...

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