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