RFU requests views on the Global Law Trials

The RFU is requesting opinions from the community game on the Global Law Trials (GLTs), and in particular from referees, by means of a short survey. The responses will help shape feedback to the RFU Laws Sub-Committee and the Match Official Development Team and then onto World Rugby. Message from Michael Patz (RFU ... More

Pre-season Meetings – Presentations now Available

The presentations given by Andy McMillan (Chairman, Training & Development) at the pre-season meetings in August 2021 are now available for download: PO#21 (Managing Refereeing Trends at Professional Level with particular reference to the Community Game) - Presentation Global Law Trials More

Immediate Effect – Change to ADM League Man off Rule

From Howard Hughes Competition Secretary ADM Leagues We have had early sight of possible issues with some Clubs not having enough available Front Row cover in League games. Principally for example only 4 Props and 2 Teams in the club. Therefore with immediate effect we have decided to suspend the man-off rule ... More

Player’s Clothing – query answered

A query has arisen about clothing. A club has an Under18 player who wears a tag, which they cover with padding. Whilst this is not covered in the Regulations, please could you advise on what we can do to allow this lad to play. Reply from Michael Patz RFU Match Official Development Manager Checking with regulat... More

Society President Presents Alan Farmer with Award for Outstanding Service.

Clive Ennis, the Society President, presents Alan Farmer with his award for Outstanding Service. Alan Farmer joined Manchester & District Rugby Union Referees Society in 1991 on transfer from North Midlands Society. He was a Referee on the RFU ‘A’ List when he sustained a career-ending ankle injury. Nevertheless, ... More

Changes to Age Grade Disciplinary Reporting: For Schools, Colleges, Academies and Clubs

New changes to Regulations ask referees to inform the Constituent Body Age Grade Disciplinary Secretary (CBAGDS) of any red card within 48 hours. This to bring it line with Adult procedures and to make the CBAGDS central to disciplinary procedures. The changes to Regulations which require referees to inform the ... More

2021 – 2022 Season Law Books

No paper copies of the law books for the season 2021 - 2022 have been issued. Match officials can find the latest version of the law book to download at Laws of the Game Plus details of the app to download. More

England Rugby Coaching / Refereeing Award 20/21

Are you thinking about becoming a Referee or just want to find out more about refereeing, then use the link Login  or contact the Society Secretary at madrefsecretary@gmail.com   More

RFU Covid-19 Resources for Match Officials (*** More material added ***)

Further resources have been made available by the RFU: Contact Rugby Law Variations - A two and a half minute video Recording of the England Rugby Community Game Law Variations webinar that was held on 10th December featuring Craig Maxwell-Keys (Professional Referee England Rugby) and Michael Patz (Match Official ... More

Covid-19 Law Variations – Video Clips

Most will now be aware of law variations (LVs) being enacted to allow movement towards full contact rugby.  Andy McMillan has extracted clips from a recording of a recent match to produce a  video (9 minutes) that addresses SOME of the LVs together with an accompanying script. This material is intended as a "taster" to ... More