Category: Referees

Guinness 6 Nations 2019 Officials ready to blow the whistle!

The highly anticipated 6 Nations Championship gets under way on the 1st February 2019 when France face Wales in Paris with England’s Wayne Barnes refereeing the opening encounter and Rowan Kitt acting as TMO. 

Alex helps pupils play their cards right

A recent CARDS workshop organised by Dan Cook, Director of Sport at Giggleswick School, saw former pupil and Wasps forward Alex Rieder head up the day.

Discipline Report Writing Guidance

It has long been an acknowledged part of our game that the vast majority of Match Officials give voluntarily of their time and that generally speaking they do not like issuing red cards. It is recognised as one of the least attractive aspects of their role, as is completing the subsequent discipline reports.

Jonny back at Alton

When 300 boys and girls returned to rugby training at Alton’s Anstey Park this month, they got an amazing surprise when none other than World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson was there to help them!

Match Official Development Review & Performance Review Survey

In August 2018 the Rugby Football Referees’ Union and England Rugby’s Match Official Development Team introduced a nationally standardised approach to supporting the development of match officials, placing the match official(s) at the centre of a two-way high quality feedback process.

Inner Warrior 2019 launches across the country

England Rugby has launched the next wave of the Inner Warrior campaign aimed at introducing new women to contact rugby that have never had the chance to play before. 


This season Nottingham Rugby have given young match officials in the area support from qualified officials and a fifth official at initial games, so that they can gain confidence while experiencing what match officiating at this level requires.