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England Rugby Front Row Logic Tree

Questions raised recently in the National Leagues and community game, have highlighted widespread confusion over teams being unable to replace a front row player, leading to uncontested scrums.

Like Pearce, Rugby Union Referee

We spoke to Luke Pearce a week before he flew to Japan, when he shared some of his refereeing insights.

RFU courses coming up in March 2019

Going on RFU courses that are run by an RFU Educator is the best way to develop your coaching or refereeing skills.

Front row drive in Lancashire

Leading the session were three experts in the field, all senior Lancashire XV Bill Beaumont Cup winners: Alex Loney, Nick Flynn and Phil Mills. They covered scrum engagement, lineout and loose play for props and hookers. There was also a session on building an 8-man scrum with some excellent detail imparted. The Lancashire Development Centre… Read more »

More women and girls take charge

The RFU’s full-time referee Sara Cox was appointed to take charge of France Women v New Zealand Women and as an Assistant Referee in the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers 2019 Hong Kong v Germany and Kenya v Germany. Television Match Official Claire Hodnett is making the call for three internationals: France v New Zealand, Wales… Read more »


As part of the RFU’s Young Rugby Ambassador programme, Northumberland Rugby Development Team, in partnership with Newcastle Falcons, recently helped 43 students working on their Refereeing Children Award.

New Match Official Developer Report Forms

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.

Iain Duncan-Webster

Iain Duncan-Webster has been coaching his Castle Cary squad of 25 x U15s since they were U7s.