Federation Referee Conference

The Federation of Rugby Union Referees’ Societies of the North

The Federation of Rugby Union Referees’ Societies of the North
Pre-Season Training & Development Conference

Blaydon RUFC – Sunday 14th August 2016


9.30am Delegate Arrival & Registration (Coffee/Tea available).

10.00am Welcome & Introduction.

Key Note Speakers:

John Rouse – RFU Match Officials Development Officer
John Meredith – RFU Championship Referee
John Heselwood & Dave Sawyer– North Division and Federation Match Observers
Another To Be Confirmed

3.30pm Wrap Up and Depar

Referee Courses

Coming soon- Referee courses to teach you how to ref a game of rugby union. For more information see here.

Course cost £50 and you must be 14 years old or above.

January 2016 training meeting

just a quick reminder about this months training meeting.
It’s this Friday (22nd) and is at Durham City RFC at the usual time of 7-30.
The main session is on the scrummage.
A buffet and a drink will also be provided.

Rugby on 2nd January

If you are looking for a game of Rugby to watch on January 2nd, Blaydon have 2 home games

1st XV vs Ampthill (2pm) and 2nd XV vs Tynedale

Holiday fixtures

Does this indicate rugby is a dying sport

At one time this was a busy time of the year with basically a full fixture list on Boxing day and the Saturday as well as New Year Day and  1st Saturday in January.  When the Saturday was Boxing Day, fixtures would be also played on the Bank Holiday Monday.  Like in recent years only Hartlepool Rovers and West Hartlepool play at 1st XV level on Boxing Day.  This year the weather nearly forced the fixture to be cancelled However so strong is the tradition that the venue was moved to the King George V field.  Despite torrential rain the game went ahead with West winning 62-0.

RFU Law Clarification clips

To ensure we continue to support the development and understanding of the Laws of the Game, we are publishing further updated resources for your use. The clips are subject to review and comment by the Professional Game Match Official Team, which generates a valuable resource to be shared far and wide, to match officials, coaches and players alike, to gain a common understanding.

Link: RFU Law Clarification Clips – 04/12/2015

Should you or anyone you know, have any questions in relation to law application or guidance, please contact our dedicated e-mail service: mailto:Laws@RFY.com

Delay to appointments

Sorry but there has been a delay to the December appointments which I hope will be available on Monday

In the mean time the appointments for Wednesday 2nd December are on the website and are included below

Durham Univ 2 v Worcester Univ 1  P. Candlish

Durham Univ 3 v Newcastle Univ 2  L. Harrison

Durham Univ 4 v Northumbria Univ 2  I. Davies

Sunderland Univ v Huddersfield Univ  P. Walton

Teesside Univ v Leeds Univ 4  R. Sutherland

Egglescliffe School U15 v Queen Ethlebergha’s College U15  (NatWest Cup)  D. Hines


2014-15 Awards made at the Annual Dinner

As normal the Society’s annual dinner saw a number of awards made.

Congratulations goes to:

Bob Winter who won the Terry Stephenson award

Consett picked up the Whistlers Trophy award

Ieuan Davies was awarded the Bill Doig Trophy previously at the Society’s AGM

Life Membership of the society  was awarded to:
John Heselwood, Mike Hodgson and Alan Thompson

Honorary Membership of the society was awarded to
Derek Blake, David Hines, Paul Mackings, Frank McDonald, Ian McMullan, 
Dave Swainson, Dave Winthrop

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