Society April meeting – recording now available

A recording of the session on Refereeing the Quick Game - Positioning and Movement (35 minutes) at the April meeting is now available. (Thanks to Simon Vale for making and preparing the recording.) The session was led by Henry Pearson with contributions from Fred Eckersley and Jack Moorhouse. It included numerous video ... More

Two new PO papers published

Two new Preferred Options (PO) papers, written by Andy McMillan, have just been published: PO#27 – Refereeing open play – the kicking game PO#26 – Focus and Concentration in Refereeing The full series of POs is listed here.     More

World Rugby Law Clarification: Brake Foot and Half Brake Foot

From Michael Patz, RFU Match Official Development Manager Distribution: RFU Referee Society Secretaries RFU Referee Society Training Officers RFRU Representative to RFU Council   RFRU Secretary World Rugby have today issued a formal law clarification following a request from the FFR regarding the brake foot and what ... More

Stephen Snoddy referees 1,000th match

Stephen Snoddy reached a very significant milestone by officiating at his 1,000th match for the Society on Saturday 27th January when he refereed Wilmslow v Warrington. Stephen said, “It was a wonderful open match played in great spirit by both teams who were out to enjoy their rugby. There were only seven penalties, ... More

Match Official Abuse (MOA): RFU Disciplinary Update

As per the 1st January the Independent Head of the RFU Judiciary has written to all clubs disciplinary officers, please find the attached the note. Of note, case of MOA will have added aggravation by default, 2 weeks for low end, 3 weeks for mid-range, and 4 weeks for high end MOA. This represent a continued working ... More

Club Membership Fees and Referees Expenses – New Approach

Club Membership Fees and Referees Expenses - New Approach John Pemberton, Honorary Treasurer, announced at the December meeting the Society’s intention to introduce a new way for charging annual club membership fees and paying referees’ travel expenses. The new approach is to take effect from the start of next ... More

Tackle Height DLV Materials – New Material Added, October Society Meeting Presentation

More material has been added below: An extra Society meeting was held on Tuesday 23rd May to cover the Tackle Height Domestic Law Variation. The following materials used at the meeting are now available: October Society Meeting - Tackle Height Presentation Tackle Height - So now we know (presentation on PO#23 ... More

Updated RFU Headcase Resources

Updated RFU Headcase Resources The RFU recently updated its Headcase materials, which can be accessed from here. The resources include the e-learning Headcase Concussion Awareness module that all match officials should have completed. Mike Hull, Chairman of Training & Development, said: “It is worth stress... More

England Rugby – Match Officiating Code of Practice

Message from: Michael Patz (RFU Match Official Development Manager) & Michael Priestley (Chair – Rugby Football Referees’ Union) To: All Society Referees and Match Observers We hope you are all going well, enjoying some local rugby while taking in the Rugby World Cup 2023. We all love our ... More

Discriminatory Language – Open Letter from the RFRU Chair

Michael Priestly, Chair of the Rugby Football Referees Union (RFRU),  sent an open letter for the attention of all match officials. It is dated the 18th September and covers the reporting of discriminatory language either heard or reported during a match. The letter can be downloaded from here.   More