At the beginning of last season, the Match Official Technical Advisory Group (TAG) agreed to review existing referee report forms and to create a new Match Official Developer Pathway. This followed concerns raised by societies over the plethora of report forms and the lack of development of referee observers (and other similar titles) and referee coaches.
As we all make preparations for the coming 2018/19 season, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and to say a huge thank you for your contribution to this great game of ours over the past year.
Experienced coaches, Patrick Jerram and Rob Honeyman talk about the benefits of endorsing Age Grade Rugby and the Codes of Practice that support it.
The RFU is delighted that there are now 2,000 coaches and teachers who have downloaded and committed to following the Age Grade Codes of Practice.
Fixtures being called off had been high on Suffolk and Cambridgeshire RFU development staff’s agenda and, at their regular club meetings, it soon became apparent that a lack of front row players was causing significant issues in fulfilling fixtures
‘Intrepidus’ is a fitting motto for Kensington Aldridge Academy. Latin for ‘fearless and unshaken’, in the last year the pupils and staff at KAA have come to embody its meaning
The need to better support transition in the game from age grade to adult rugby, an integral part of the RFU Strategic Plan, led to a recent Under 19 Commission being set up and the ensuing report, which has been approved by the Community Game Board and endorsed by the RFU Council.
A number of Global Law Trials have been introduced by World Rugby since the beginning of the season and applied to all games at all levels in England since1 August 2017.
Sometimes if there are only a few players in a group, it reduces the sort of games they can play. However, in exceptional circumstances, the regulations will allow for the combining of age grades.
Nigel Carrick remembers his lowest moment as an assistant referee, and despite now being into his eighth season in the Aviva Premiership and having officiated in a World Cup semifinal, he still finds the difficult decisions just as hard.