Month: June 2016

Nando still swept up in reffing at 80

Ferdinando Di Matteo arrived in England, with his hairpins and stylists scissors, in 1964. Having left his native Italy, he became beloved of the ladies in London’s Soho, where he specialised in blow drying and pinning long hair into swept-up creations. Then he settled in Wellingborough and opened his salon, ‘Hair by Nando’.


John O’Grady isn’t your typical head coach. At 75, he continues to lead training at Oldham RUFC twice a week as well as on match days and in the last season has overseen the club’s rise to the top of the North Lancashire leagues.

Ten for the future

Ten members of the Northumberland Referee Society Youth Development Squad recently took part in a CPD evening looking at roles and responsibilities of Assistant Referees.

KYBO! end of season competition

We had a great supply of photos to choose from which made it particularly hard for our judges, Nick Scott, RFU Coach Development Manger and Michael Patz, RFU Match Official Development Manager.