A Rugby Football Union task group has produced 16 recommendations in a bid to eliminate cheating from the sport.
The suggestions, which cover areas from a possible trial of rugby league-style rolling substitutions to fabricated blood injuries, follow English rugby's summer of strife.
The summer months were scarred by the Harlequins' 'Bloodgate' fake injury scandal that resulted in the club’s former rugby director Dean Richards receiving a three-year ban, while three ex-Bath players - Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins - landed nine-month RFU suspensions for refusing a request by the club to take drug tests.
The RFU established a 13-man Image of the Game Task Group, including former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, current Twickenham disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett and RFU elite rugby director Rob Andrew, to make investigations.
RFU president and task group chairman John Owen said: “The aspiration of the task group was to eliminate cheating in all its forms across the game.
“This is vital if we are to rebuild the image of the game. The extent of the information gathered, and the positive response to the surveys, shows how much people care about rugby.
“As a task group we were determined to act decisively for the good of the sport and we believe that the recommendations, born out of findings and opinions from across all levels of the game, will enable us to do that.
“These are well thought-out measures which as a union we will implement within set timelines.
“The support and involvement of the International Rugby Board and our fellow unions is also important if we are to ensure all the issues are addressed on a global basis.”
The task group's survey of professional players drew 129 responses, while Richards and his legal advisers met with Owen and Blackett as part of an evidence-gathering process.
Among the group's findings was “no substantiation whatsoever” for allegations that cheating is widespread in the game, and “no substance whatsoever” in speculation that the England team has fabricated blood injuries.
Recommendations include a definition of cheating in RFU rules with severe associated sanctions; increased recording and registering of blood substitutions; a possible domestic competition trial of rolling substitutions; and to broaden authority of match fourth officials to govern technical zones.
The task group's recommendations will now be submitted to the RFU management board, who will be responsible for steering it through proper processes within the RFU and International Rugby Board.