Category: Refs

Global Law Trials 2021

The global law trials apply to competitions beginning on or after 1st August 2021 Prior to the August 20th monthly Training and Development meeting please find below beneficial links relating to the new Global Law Trials which are being implemented in competition games from the 1st August.  From World Rugby.  This link in addition provides numerous video clips. […]

Women’s Rugby Festival

Another sunny day of Women’s rugby took place on Sunday 18th July at West Hartlepool RFC .  Durham County clubs were joined by Northumberland guests, Novocastrians Ladies. All those involved are keen to push the boundaries and take up the challenge of getting women’s rugby well and truly on the map in the North East. […]

John Pearson is elected as Director of RFRU

John Pearson was confirmed as an Elected Director of the RFRU at their AGM on Sunday 27th June 2021 John will provide not just a wealth of knowledge and experience but a do it attitude as his recent work in Durham with YMO’s will prove. One could forgive someone of John’s tender years from resting […]

Tackle law changes in age grade rugby

The RFU have announced changes to the Tackle Law from August 1st 2021 for Age Grade Rugby For season 2021-2022 the tackle height for Age Grade Rugby up to under 18 level  will be below the level of the armpit.  This Law change is an additional safety measure to help reduce the risk of head […]

RFU Webinars

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

Minor Law Change

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

Grading List May 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

Nigel Owens explains the tackle law

Referees and Players are struggling to understand the interpretation of the tackle law – This may help clarify some of the issues  – Nigel Owens explains the tackle law

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 […]


January grading meeting will be held on Thursday the 5th of January After the meeting the suggested amendments were presented before the Referee Society General Committee on Thursday 12th January for approval. See the January 2018 updated March 2018 Grading List