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Welcome to

Durham County Referees' Society

Founded in 1895

Return to Rugby

The 2021-2022 season is well underway but the signs are that the pandemic break has taken its toll on rugby.

Many clubs are struggling to turn out the same number of adult male teams as before the covid-19 interruption.  The Ladies and Age Grade sections of the game do not seem to have been so badly affected.

With significant league structure changes planned for next season by the RFU, many are wondering what the future hold and how many clubs may soon be unable to operate.

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
Society Training Meetings.

Due to the Annual Lumiere Event in Durham City on the 19th November our monthly training meeting has been moved to the 26th (4th Friday of the month).
For further details please see below:
Date:  Friday 26th November, 2021
Time:  7.30 pm (19:30)
Venue:  Durham City RFC, DH1 3JU.  n.b. The New Elvet Bridge is now open

  • Pre Match Briefings,
  • Managing the Scrum

Covid 19 is still here.

The Society has recently had a very clear reminder that Covid 19 is still with us and a real threat

One of the Society’s referees was admitted into hospital with Covid and had to be placed in an induced coma.  Fortunately he has recovered and is now back home thanks to some excellent NHS Care

Remember Stay Safe!

Jim Fox retires from re-appointments role

 Jim Fox and Edna! have decided it is time to step down from probably the most demanding role in the society.  Jim has been the re-appointments Secretary for over 20 years having previously held the position of Sunday and Midweek Appointments Secretary.  

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

Due to the Corona Virus disruption to the 2020-2021 season it has been agreed by the Board of Directors that the 2019-2020 membership will be extended by 1 year until the 31st August 2021


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


The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives including rugby

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

Durham Referees’ Society support a very deserving charity