Ball Carrier Hurdling Tackler Guideline

We have been asked many times if this is Dangerous Play. This is not specified in Law 10.4, and the question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no because there are so many possible variations on the situation. The short answer is that sometimes it is dangerous and other times it is not, […]

September 2016 – USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

The New Game Management Guidelines, September 2016, are here: USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines – September 2016 Below are some key focus areas for match officials: Establish Behavior: Lineout: Set up & maintain a large gap (allows more room for the throw) Defensive hooker in position in the 5m area Manage numbers Sack has to be […]

World Rugby Law Clarification 2 – Injury from Foul Play

Please review the second clarification from World Rugby this year. It addresses some specifics regarding the new section of Law 3.14 (Substituted Players Rejoining a Match – injured as a result of foul play). The clarification is very straightforward, but please write to me if you have any questions. 2016 Law Clarification 2 Injury from […]

2016 TRU Summit – LIVE!

Follow the journey of the TRU Summit LIVE! [View the story “2016 TRU Summit” on Storify]

Team Touch Judge Policy Continued for 2016 – 2017 Season

The TRU Board has elected to continue the highly successful TRU Team Touch Judge program that was introduced last year. This program was also included in the refreshed TRU Operating Policies and will soon be included on the Referee Match Report Form for compliance. All teams are required to provide TWO certified Touch Judges for all […]

7s Rolling Substitutions – New Law Variation

World Rugby is trialing a variation regarding substitutions in sevens. The USA Rugby Committee has approved the use of this Variation in all domestic competitions effective June 18, 2016. The exact wording is copied below, but in essence it allows a player to return to the game after having been substituted off. The team is still restricted to […]

2016 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Please review the newly released Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby for 2016. Though the material is developed for referees, it is applicable to all stakeholders of the game including players and coaches. Please download the file and read through the updates: 2016 Game Management Guidelines Also available are the Protective Equipment and Clothing Guidelines: Protective […]