Executive Committee Decision: Laws of the Game – new Law 9.19
England Rugby has launched a Female Match Official Development Programme and to support this we have produced a video that’s designed to motivate a new generation of female referees. It’s called ‘Be The Best You’.
England Colleges RFU recently launched the Colleges Young Referees Forum, using refereeing to encourage, support and develop students’ life and rugby skills.
England referee Sara Cox (centre) took charge of the women’s final between New Zealand and France in San Francisco
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.