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Breaking down, the new Breakdown Law variations (NZ)
Many if not all rugby people will be aware that the professional game in New Zealand has started again. The Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament will run for 10 weeks and is being televised on Sky Sports. Whilst this is no doubt a great relief to those that have been missing there rugby and are lucky enough to have Sky Sports, it will surely have raised some questions amongst community referees.
Perhaps as a result of Covid-19 or perhaps it is just one of those things, there is a new emphasis on the breakdown and how it is to be refereed
“We’re not changing the laws of the game, we’re being stricter about how we referee them”. This is the summation from NZR national referee manager Bryce Lawrence, on how his team of referees will rule the existing laws at the breakdown. He stated they would be applied more strictly to create faster, attacking ball and, a fairer contest.
The question that is surely on the lips of most community referees is why have the laws not been applied correctly in the past! The follow up has to be, will other laws such as the put-in at the scrum also be subjected to “refereeing adjustments”
Annual General Meeting
As members will already know the AGM this year is being conducted in a virtual form by email.
The Official positions have all now been confirmed with a vote for the Committee referee representatives being carried out. The positions of the Directors were not challenged as so went through automatically.
The various reports have been sent out to members. Any questions, comments or challenges should be submitted to the Society Secretary by email before the 2nd July.
One thing that members will be please to see is that the Treasurer has made a number of concessions regarding subscriptions for the 2020-2021 season and also on kit for MO’s YMO’s and MOD’s. This is being achieved by using our reserves and not at the expense of clubs.
We cut back on our planned spending which meant that some monies we were due from County & RFRU were retained & thus able to be added to a pot for distribution to clubs. Clubs have been offered terms by the society to cover any match fees payments outstanding to easy financial pressures on them
RFU Webinar Programme details
Coaching & Referee Webinar - Tuesday 9th June – 7pm
It's here Scrum Week
Refereeing the Scrum with Wayne Barnes and Matthew Carley
updated June 4, 2020
World Rugby's executive committee will consider recommendations this week that could help significantly reduce the risk of coronavirus in the sport.
updated May 26, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, that meeting will no longer be held, but the AGM will be held using email so that we are ready for next season.
updated May 23, 2020
World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector
updated May 19, 2020
Grading Committee met virtually on the 7th May to consider the end of 2019-2020 referee gradings. Thanks to the hard efforts of the small band of MOD's there was a total of 152 reports to consider including 29 from out of County exchanges
updated May 18, 2020
Due to the CoVid-19 virus, the Annual Dinner has been postponed to provisionally 4th December at Durham City RFC
updated May 18, 2020
- Leicester Tigers: Manu Tuilagi & Kyle Eastmond leave Premiership club July 1, 2020
- Janco Venter: Saracens sign Namibia back-row ahead of Championship campaign July 1, 2020
- Northampton: Players and staff agree 10% wage cut for next 12 months July 1, 2020
- Joe Maksymiw: Dragons sign Wales-qualified lock from Connacht July 1, 2020
- Mahlatse Ralepelle given an eight-year ban for second doping offence July 1, 2020
The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives including rugby
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