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.
On 27 May we held our first Female Match Official Development Day at Twickenham to promote the progress of female MOs and learn about the challenges they face and the support they need.
Queueing up for lunch one day, Dominic Shaw was tapped on the shoulder and told to go to rugby trials after school. He did, not knowing much about the game, but that month he started at tight-head prop and ended up playing the whole season. A strange start to what is now an integral part of his week.
During the recent Rugby Europe U18 tournament in Poland and the Rugby Europe U20 tournament in Portugal, RFU match officials performed strongly and were appointed to the final in both events.
Six volunteer referees from across the country recently spent two days with RFU professional referees at Twickenham Stadium in recognition of the time and commitment they give to the game in their communities.
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.
World Rugby announced the match official appointments for the 2018 June internationals’ 28 matches, including England’s threegame tour of South Africa. A team of 29 referees and assistant referees, as well as 10 Television Match Officials, have been selected on merit with Ben O’Keeffe, Rom ain Poite and Glen Jackson taking charge of England’s three… Read more »
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have developed a new action plan to mitigate injury risk in the English professional game, following a study of the data in the 2016/17 Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) report.