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 ...
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...
The Preferred Options paper (#20) addresses the challenges of refereeing the Head Contact Process (HCP) in the community game.
The HCP is a world-wide requirement in rugby refereeing and must be applied. Society referees are asked to consider the issues and recommendations in the paper to help ensure a consistent and ...
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, ...
The Society Meeting programme for the season 2021-2022 is available
Click on the above link to download.
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 ...
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.
Preferred Options (PO) paper #21 address issues of perceived disparity between refereeing at the professional and the Community Game levels. Players and coaches in the Community Game who have watched top-level games may now have modified expectations of what to expect from Society referees.
The PO, which includes ...
Additional Guidance from RFU Match Official Development Manager
To: RFRU & Referee Society Secretaries, Referee Society Training Officers
I hope you are all keeping well.
This is a joint message with David Barnes, RFU Head of Discipline. As we have previously discussed age grade and ...
When a referee whistles a penalty or a free kick, is the ball considered dead, in which case, is a player replacement possible?
Clarification of the designated members of the Rugby Committee
There are two issues which must both happen for the replacement to occur:
The ball is dead
The Referee ...