‘Brain Bin’ with Temporary Replacement – Clarification from IRB

There seems to be some confusion about the use of a “Brain Bin” and I would like to help clear some of it up. The ‘Brain Bin’ is not endorsed by USA Rugby, and it is not recommended by the IRB for anything but Elite international play. It should not be used except at this […]

Sevens Scrums (New Cadence) Clarification from Patrick McNally

Ladies and Gentlemen, We have received quite a few inquiries lately about how the new scrum calls will affect Seven-a-Side rugby. Sevens scrums are quite a bit different than Fifteens scrums, so it is important that we are all on the same page moving into the fall Collegiate 7s season. Paddy O’Brien was able to […]

2013/2014 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Please review the below Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby. They are a compliment to the new scrum cadence from the IRB that will cover all competitions from this point forward. 2013/2014 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Crouch, Bind, Set Cadence Will Used for All Competitions This Fall

All, This is your reminder that the new cadence of Crouch, Bind, Set will be used for ALL competitions this fall (15s and 7s). Review the new cadence and some pointers from the IRB here. View the IRB Training videos here. Have questions or concerns? Email the TRRA Chairman Jim Wolfinger.

IRB Scrum Trial – Notes for Coaches & Referees

As announced on July 8, The International Rugby Board (IRB) Council has announced the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence. Implementation will begin at the start of the next season.All USA competitions commencing from/after August 15th, 2013. Along with the training videos that covers the entire process and possible issues that may […]

New scrum engagement sequence to be implemented next season (August 15, 2013)

from USA Rugby: The International Rugby Board Council has announced the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence, which is aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagement by up to 25 per cent in elite competition. Approval of the sequence on player welfare grounds, is coupled […]

Law Clarification: Maul goes to ground and is not deemed to be collapsed intentionally

There still seems to be some confusing regarding the MAUL. Please share this. Thank you! When a maul goes to ground and is not deemed to be collapsed intentionally: There is no obligation for any players to release the ball or roll away. If the ball is available, play should continue. Availability would constitute that […]

Non Compliance with Kick-off and Restart Kicks – Reviewing IRB Law 13

Referees & Team Coaches, it has come to the attention of RATO that lately there have been a few issues of non compliance in regards to Kick-off and Restart Kicks. We’d like to review this law to ensure that this trend doesn’t continue. Unfortunately it appears that restarts are much overlooked by teams and referees […]

Law Trials – Scrum engagement procedure clarification

Following the introduction of the” Crouch, Touch, Set” instructions for scrum engagement as part of the current set of Law trials it has become evident that some referees are not leaving a pause between the “Touch” request and the “Set” request. The pause is required to ensure that the front row players are steady and are able […]

IRB Law Clarification – Law 3 Front Row Replacements

Attached is the most recent Law clarification from the IRB. It addresses replacement front rows and what should happen in a game with eight allowed substitute/replacements when uncontested scrums are ordered. This is consistent with the USA Internal Variation that has been in place for a couple of years. Currently the IRB is trialing the […]