Age Grade Yellow Cards – Suspension Time Changes

See extract from pages 258 & 259 of Season 2018-2019 RFU Handbook  SIN BIN TIME FOR AGE GRADE RUGBY Effective from 1 August 2018 RFU REGULATION 15 – AGE GRADE RUGBY (APPENDIX 9) U15-U18 Variations to the World Rugby Laws of the Game - BOYS ONLY Players and Match Officials must ensure that the World ... More

New Documents Added to the Website this Month

October 2018 Age Grade Yellow Cards - Suspension Time Changes Red card form for Levels 5 and below.  October 2018 RFU Community Game Update October 1st 2018 MO Development Form - RFU Form 2 For Exchange Referees Only RFU Communication Descriptor Matrix For RFU Form 2. Exchange Referees only Appointments ... More

New Red Card Form and Filling in Red Card Forms and Change for School Games

There has been a number of instances recently where the reports have had to be corrected to clarify the situation. Rob Sheard is available to advise on the completion of the forms.  Should you be in any doubt and need help or advice please contact Rob Sheard at Also please note that ... More

Referees Need For Thursday 18th October: Contact Midweek Appts

Two referees are needed urgently for Thursday afternoon 18th October.  Get in touch with Midweek re-appointments Simon Vale or Andy Irvine More

National Rugby Survey: Match Officials

From the RFU As the new season kicks off, we want to hear from match officials in this season's National Rugby Survey. Great officiating is essential for the game and telling us about your experiences can ensure we continue to provide the best offering for officials and players across all forms of rugby and all age ... More

New Law 9.19 to be implemented with immediate effect

Law 9.19 In open play, any player may lift or support a player from the same team. Players who support or lift a teammate must lower the player to the ground safely as soon as the ball is won by a player of either team.  Sanction: Free-kick The existing law 9.19 to 9.25 will be re-numbered as 9.20 to ... More

Updated Electronic Match Card, Subs and Replacements 2018-2019 and Man-off Rule

RFU Northern Division Competitions Committee Electronic Match Card: It is up to the clubs down to level 8 to use the EMC. The home official agrees the score with the referee, including the number of tries and if there are any uncontested scrums. It is up to the home official to submit the details. It is only at Level ... More

Appointments Protocol – Guide for Club Contacts Revised

The Appointments Protocol guide for club fixture secretaries and club referee contacts has been fully updated to reflect the use of Who’s the Ref (WTR). The guide can be downloaded from the document library. We kindly ask all our contacts at clubs, universities, colleges and schools to read the guide. More

Mid-week Appointments Secretary – Simon Vale taking over from Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes BEM has retired as Mid-week Appointments Secretary after many years in the role. The Society and, in particular, universities, colleges and schools owe a great debt and many thanks to Peter for his diligent work in ensuring that the mid-week games had referees. Simon Vale has kindly agreed to take over; ... More

Accepting Appointments – Message for Certain Referees (information for others)

Our Appointments Team are vital cogs in the process of getting you out each week. Your help is required to keep the wheel turning, particularly at this early stage of implementing Who’s the Ref (WTR), by accepting your appointments promptly - please help us to help you. Currently, we have numerous unaccepted appoint... More