Category: Referees

CHRISTOPHE RIDLEY

University of Gloucestershire student Christophe Ridley was appointed as an assistant referee for the European Rugby Challenge Cup qualification game between Italian side Femi-CZ Rugby Rovigo and Russia’s Enisei Rugby Club. The third year Sports Coaching student traveled to Italy as part of the refereeing team led by Tom Foley. Christophe, who in his teens,… Read more »

GOING UPSTAIRS OR OUT TO THE OB VAN

There are sure to be moments during today’s match when the referee draws a square in the air and we go ‘upstairs’ for the Television Match Official to make a call on unfolding events. The crowd will wait in suspense, everyone will have an opinion. The pressure is on but, apparently, not on the TMO… Read more »

PAUL’S A YOUNG REFEREE WITH REAL PROMISE

At 15, Paul Adderley is one of the Warwickshire Society of Referees’ youngest and most enthusiastic officials, so it was great to see him handed the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ trophy in the annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards.

GAME SENSE

With referees specialising earlier and having shorter playing careers, Tony Spreadbury, the RFU’s Head of Professional Game Match Officials, is intent on building top officials’ understanding of the players’ rationale so that, in turn, players benefit from more consistent officiating and fans from a more seamless game.