World Rugby Global Law Variations – Effective March 1

The Rugby Committee has approved the use of the following World Rugby Global Law trials for seven a side rugby tournaments played in the USA and leading to a USA National Championship. These trials are to go into effect in the USA as of March 1st, 2017. World Rugby have approved their use in domestic […]

Level 1 Officiating 15s – Jan 8 @ Plano, TX – CANCELLED

Date/Time: Sunday, January 08, 2017 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM) Organizer: Rugby Texas – SRO Clinic Details Map/Directions Registration Information & Fees Clinic Description Pre-course Registration Requirements.  Students must complete the following World Rugby online modules available at the World Rugby Passport website.  First, register with WR on their Passport website that you will access with the […]

World Rugby announces new measures to limit contact with the head

New law application guideline will codify zero-tolerance to contact with the head Approach informed by largest-ever study identifying most common situations leading to head injuries Players, coaches and match officials urged to be proactive in changing culture Latest step in proactive, evidence-driven approach to injury reduction Head is a no-go area World Rugby has further strengthened its […]

Interactions with TRRA Referees

Based on guidance from World Rugby and USA Rugby, the following information is to be passed to all rugby clubs that utilize the TRRA for referees. –          Match referee is to be contacted by home team no later than Wednesday prior to a Saturday match or 72 hours to any match.  Confirmation of kickoff time […]

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 […]