The England Rugby Referees Association (ERRA) aims to engage and communicate with all match officials who play a pivotal role in the enjoyment and well-being of players of all ages and abilities in our sport.

The English Rugby Referees Association (ERRA) publishes Whistle-Stop videos for its members and they’ve very kindly let us share their videos with you:

  • Video 1 – Welcome to ERRA
  • Video 2 – This Whistle-stop is presented by the RFU’s John Widdowson and looks at the important topics of SAFETY, ENJOYMENT and LEARNING and at the very end there are JW’s Top Tips for Referees.
  • Video 3 – The video gives you excellent advice on how to referee the tackle safely and correctly. That means how to officiate the things that are happening fast in relation to the Tackler, the Ball Carrier and Arriving Players. It is is presented by full-time England Referee, Christophe Ridley.
  • Video 4 – This video is presented by Clare Daniels, RFU Match Official Development Officer, who also made fame this year by becoming the first female fourth official Premiership Rugby history.
    The video has excellent advice and examples about the variety of communication skills you need to master as a referee.
  • Video 5 – Richard Haughton, World Rugby World 7s Series Referee, gives experts insights into how to officiate a game that continues to increase in popularity and which offers exciting opportunities.

If you hold a recognised refereeing qualification then why not join ERRA? Hop over to:

As an England Rugby Referees Association member, you’ll receive regular email updates about refereeing in England, news on World Rugby law updates and directives as well as videos offering hints and tips on developing your skills. As the England Rugby Referees Association develops, so will the benefits!

If you are thinking of getting started as a referee then sign-up for Michael Patz’s Video Guide to Refereeing. In a series of seven short videos delivered to you by email, Michael shares his expert advice as well websites to visit, courses to go on and videos to watch.