This has helped clubs bring players back into the game but has also seen people making their debut even at the age of 60!
Student, Scarlett Cooper–Wall, had played rugby since the age of six but having, as a 20 year–old front row, sustained two ACL ruptures, faced two seasons out of the game.
The RFU’s professional match officials were hard at work throughout November, with 24 referee or assistant referee Test match appointments, a couple of Maori All Blacks matches to officiate, and fourth and fifth official commitments.
England Rugby recently launched a Young Match Official Programme to encourage more young people aged 14-24 to get into rugby officiating. The programme’s 2016-17 year ambition is to attract, train and retain 400 new young referees for the future.
An RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam, a three-Test tour whitewash of Australia down under, and a perfect Old Mutual Wealth Series, ending with victory over the Wallabies at a celebratory Twickenham Stadium, what better end to 2016 could England fans have wished for?
One year on from the Rugby World Cup 2015 final, the tournament’s legacy continues to inspire, with 190 new men’s teams launched this season, in large part due to the success of England Rugby’s Return to Rugby programme.
On Sunday the 30th October we ran our first of Club Essex Referee’s Session held at Thurrock RFC. Following an initial email campaign to all Essex Rugby Clubs, which generated 39 members, with 25 attending on the day.
Northumberland Community Rugby Coach, Jack Lambert, has been finding new ways to bring volunteer opportunities to students in local schools. So far, more than 30 Year 10 pupils have signed up to the Young Rugby Ambassador programme after being selected by their school.
With so many English Referees involved with the Autumn Internationals now is a perfect time to show you the latest Whistle-Stop video from ERRA (English Rugby Referees Association).
There is something particularly impressive about Loughborough University’s current 1st 15. As well pushing for places at the top of National One, the team’s entire back–row are also qualified referees.