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Welcome to

Durham County Referees' Society

Founded in 1895

Training and Development (T&D).

It is important that all officials understand the new High Tackle Domestic Law variation. 

Please note that the next Training and Development (T&D) meeting will be on THURSDAY 15th March 2024.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm (1930hrs).

Venue  Durham City RFC, Hollow Drift, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU.

Topics:  To be confirmed

We look forward to seeing you 


The latest grading list can be found at 

Grading List 44 January 2024

Head Injury – Important Reminder

 All Match Officials should be aware that Head Injury Assessments (HIA) are NOT permitted at the Community Rugby level. 
This means all games that Durham Society Referees would be appointed to. 
All match officials should ensure that they understand that if a player displays one or more observable signs or symptoms of concussion they should be removed from the pitch immediately and should not be allowed to return, irrespective of any alternative opinions held by the player, their team mates, coaches or physios.  RFU Head Injury information

Match Official Abuse (MOA)

Match Official abuse is reported across rugby as being on the increase at all levels of the game.

The following documents hopefully should be of some help

MOA  A Guide for Referees

Completing a Red Card or Match Official Abuse Report

Society Annual Dinner 2024.

The Durham County RFU Referees’ Society Annual Dinner will be held as follows:
Date:  To be confirmed
Time:  To be confirmed
Venue:  To be confirmed


Although the league season finishes (weather permitting by the end of March there will be cup games during April.

Please keep your availability up to date on WTR

Society Membership
Members are reminded that if they need any kit to contact David Sawyer who is currently offering significant discounts!

RFU Regulation 12  

 RRF Regulation 12 is the RFU Regulation that covers Match Officials.  See RFU Regulation 12

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) 

All referees are encouraged to ensure they have had A DBS Check.  It is an essential requirement for anyone that is to be involved in officiating an Age Grade game