IRB clears up bench substitution/replacements law

from Rugby365.com: Following the confusion about the use of substitutes/replacements in the Pretoria Test when South Africa played Australia, the IRB has clarified the relevant law and issued a protocol for those in charge of the coming and going of players during a match. The problem in Pretoria revolved around the number of substitutes/replacements of […]

Change in Referee Grade Nomenclature

from the USA Rugby Referees and Laws Committee: ANNOUNCEMENT The Referees and Laws Committee changed USA Rugby referee grade nomenclature at its AGM in August, 2012. RESULT The net result is that we will revert to C and B grades, such as existed until four years ago. L3, 2 and 1 will now be C3, […]

2012/2013 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Please review the below Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby. They are a compliment to the current Law Interpretations from the IRB that will be active starting September 1, 2012. 2012/2013 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

IRB Ruling 2 of 2012 – Quick Throw-ins and Time

Folks, IRB Ruling 2 of 2012 This addresses quick throw-ins and the question of whether or not the ball is “dead”. The specifics are regarding the return of a player from the sin bin, and the decision is that the referee may allow a quick throw even if there is a player waiting to return […]

IRB Law Changes – Summer 2012

Folks, There are some Law changes that just came out (and I am sure most have seen something about them). Below are some explanatory comments. Peter Watson Chair, USA Rugby Laws sub-committee 2012 IRB Law Changes May 2012 This week the IRB issued a number of small changes in Law. Implementation dates vary – some […]

IRB Law Updates for next cycle

Laws of the Game TMOs set to get increased power ESPN Staff May 15, 2012 IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset insists the sport’s stakeholders have a collective responsibility to ensure rugby is “enjoyable to play, officiate and watch” © Getty Images Television match officials are set to be handed increased powers and teams are to be give […]

TRRA Continuing Education for Referees #4 – Management of Ruck, Tackle & Foul Play

Over the next few weeks we will be providing videos of what the National Panel referees are focusing on. While we aren’t all National Panel referees we can work hard to maintain the same standards. When Texas teams advance beyond our state we want them to be comfortable with the interpretation of the laws, not […]

TRRA Continuing Education for Referees #2 – Points from a Free Kick

Welcome to another edition of an example of a ref situation. This will be a weekly (or often) post that will cover interpretations of laws from TRRA examples. We will use the TRU Facebook Page as a way to discuss and unify our refereeing in Texas. This week we wanted to cover “Points from a Free Kick”. Red […]

TRRA Continuing Education for Referees #1 – Not Releasing

After a great weekend of rugby, Texas Rugby Referee RATO group decided to start a weekly (or often) post that will cover interpretations of laws from TRRA examples. We will use the TRU Facebook Page as a way to discuss and unify our refereeing in Texas. This week we wanted to cover “Not Releasing”. Example: Red […]

2012 Game Management Guidelines

The 2012 Game Management Guidelines are now available to download below or on the USAR website (Officiate the Game > 2012  Game Management Guidelines). Download – 2012 Game Management Guidelines