Are Durham Cloning Referees


Some people are questioning whether Durham are cloning their referees.
Don’t know why they should think that !

County XV vs Lancashire

The Durham County Senior XV will face Lancashire in their Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship opening fixture at Sunderland RFC on Saturday 4th May, 3pm kick off

Hartlepool vs County Presidents XV

On Sunday 5th May 2019 Hartlepool RFC celebrate their 125th Anniversary. To celebrate this great Milestone the club will face a side put together by County President David Sawyer from the clubs based in the South of the County. Hartlepool have had a good season in Durham/Northumberland 2 and will want to round off the season on a high.

Durham President’s XV

On Saturday 27th April a Durham President’s XV selected from Clubs mainly from the North of the County will face a Teesside Barbarians side at Darlington Mowden Park 12 noon kick off. Following this game Darlington Mowden Park 1st XV will face Bishop Stortford in their final game on the season

Uncontested scrummages

Some of you may have noticed some discussions regarding what happens when a team has to go to uncontested scrummages due to either and injury or a yellow or Red card being shown to a front row player. Unfortunately like with other points of law there seems to be a range of opinions from the sidelines but as the man in the Middle the referee should be clear.

This is the scenario that started the discussion.  Fortunately the referee on the day got it right.

This was a level 7 game (D&N1), and both sides had one front row replacement.

Team A substituted (tactically) their tight head in the 1st half.

The replacement tight head was subsequently injured in the second half.

He was duly replaced by the starting tight head, as per regulations.

However, this player (starting tight head) was then sin binned for 10 minutes.

The referee allowed Team A to keep 14 men on the field (as it was the 2nd occasion), but went to uncontested scrums.

He required both teams to have 8 forwards in these scrums.

Here is a link to help you Uncontested Scummages

Promotion and Relegation review 2016-2017

Promotion and relegation review 2016-2017
As you would expect most of the promotions and relegations have been decided but there are one or two that are going down to the wire fixtures left which should provide an interesting end to the league season. Throw in the odd play off and there is still plenty to talk about.

Read More………..

Appointments and Who’s the Ref

Members are reminded to

  • Ensure you enter your availability onto Who’s the Ref (WTR)
  • Please accept or decline fixtures ASAP.  Clubs will not be able to see your appointment to confirm until you have accepted the fixture
  • Please remember to fill in the score ASAP after the game has taken place.
  • If the game is Cancelled, Postponed or Abandoned Please email Alan Thompson with details

Upcoming Events

  • August 18, 2019
    • North Federation Annual Conference9:30 am - 3:30 pmBlaydon RFC
      As usual a 9.30am Arrival/Registration with Coffee/Tea available.
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