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

New PO paper: Guidance on trends in the professional game

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 ... More

Updated June 1st: Restoring Focus – Additional Guidance from RFU Match Official Development Manager and Videos illustrating Law variations

Additional Guidance from RFU Match Official Development Manager To:  RFRU & Referee Society Secretaries, Referee Society Training Officers Dear colleagues, 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 ... More

World Rugby Law Clarification 1 – 2021 Relating to Law 3.6 & Definitions

Law Clarification: 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 ... More

Society Position Statement on Return to Rugby Roadmap (V1 – 05/03/21)

As Society members will be aware, the RFU released a revised Return to Rugby Roadmap for the community game. It envisages Ready4Rugby matches taking place from 29th March and adult and age grade matches starting from 26th April with adapted laws (no scrums and no mauls). The RFU has provided numerous resources for clubs ... More

Restoring Focus Project – Preparing for the return of rugby

Message from Andy McMillan, Chairman of Training & Development Given the possibility of a return to contact rugby, we need to respond to the implications of the new RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap. We therefore need to have a strategy in place - hence a new Society project with the aim of “‘Restoring Focus”! We ... More

Updated: World Rugby Law Application Guideline: Head Contact Process – With Wayne Barnes Video

World Rugby Law Application Guideline:  Head Contact Process - Effective from 10th March 2021 To help our members return confidently to the field, the RFU have produced a number of short topical video’s supported by Professional Referee colleagues, entitled Connected Match Officials. This is the  link for Wayne Barnes ... More

Return to Rugby – RFU Bulletin

15th March:  Return to Community Rugby New Roadmap Please note the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been revised to follow steps on the government roadmap. Please therefore disregard previous versions and only share the new ‘green for go’ roadmap. We have removed Stages B and C as they are no longer currently ... More

England Rugby Training Courses 2020 / 2021

England Rugby Training Courses 2020 / 2021 details are in the document   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