Latest Updates for Coaches, Parents & Players

Please find below important updates that all parents and players need to be aware of for their own continued rugby enjoyment

MARCH 2014 – DON’T BE A HEADCASE – STOP! CHECK FOR CONCUSSION

Latest RFU campaign. Details available at this link:

Headcase

JANUARY 2014 – IRB GUIDANCE ON NEW SCRUM PROCEDURE

IRB Law Directive

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol.

Ensure they are aware of how you will indicate that you are happy for them to put the ball in:

a)      If on the far side of the scrum to the put-in the referee will raise his hand and nod his head in a yes motion when he is happy for the ball to be put-in.

b)      If on the same side as the put-in the referee should tap the scrum half on the back when he is happy for the ball to be put-in.

Guidance for those refereeing children and or players of the opposite sex

Below should be included as a protocol to be adopted if refereeing under age games and women and girls.

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol.

With under age games suggest that when you brief the scrum half the coach is present so there can be no ambiguity regarding where and how you will touch the scrum half to indicate they can put the ball in.  Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable with this, manage the scrum from the far side to the put-in but please ensure the safety elements and need to move to put in side if the need arises.

With male referees refereeing women and girls matches please ensure a similar process is adopted to ensure there is no doubt about where the contact will be made.

If necessary, whilst the protocol indicates touching the scrum half on the back, at underage and women and girls games you may feel more comfortable touching the player on the shoulder but it is essential that the player is briefed accordingly.

SEPTEMBER 2013 – LAW CLARIFICATION – 1:2013; TAKING A CONVERSION KICK

Reques

The Irish Rugby Football Union has requested clarification that apart from a kicking tee no other item or implement may be used.

Law 9.B.1 (d) states:

(d) The kicker may place the ball directly on the ground or on sand, sawdust or a kicking tee approved by the Union.

There have been instances where the kicker has used another marker to indicate where he wishes to place his non kicking foot; or to sight/line up the ball with the posts.

It is our view that these additional assists falls outside Law.

Clarification of the Designated Members of the Rugby Committee 

The Law permits the use of a kicking tee or sand to elevate the ball so that it can be kicked. No other equipment, sand or other  implement may be used to assist the kicker.

SEPTEMBER 2013 – THE RFU HAVE ISSUED NEW DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR RED CARD OFFENCES

The new procedure can be found at this link: Red Card Procedure 2013-14

Players committing a red card offence are now deemed culpable until proven otherwise and cannot play until a hearing has been held.

There are administrative costs attached to (a) guilty pleas and (b) being found guilty.

Medway RFC reserve the right to charge the carded player the administrative costs associated with his/her carding at their discretion.

MAY 2013 – OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE LETTER

Letter

APRIL 2013 – LAW 4.3; STUDS

Notice

JANUARY 2013 – LAW TRIALS; SCRUM ENGAGEMENT PROCEDURE

Notice

NOVEMBER 2012 – IRB LAW CLARIFICATION 3:2012

Law Clarification 3:2012

OCTOBER 2012 – ROLLING SUBSTITUTIONS – FAQs

Produced by Alan Biggs Referee Development Manager

SEPTEMBER 2012 – YOUTH NOTICE – OFFENSIVE AND INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

Notice

SEPTEMBER 2012 – WOMEN’S RUGBY ROLLING SUBSTITUTIONS

Latest update

AUGUST 2012 – IRB LAW TRIALS 2012-13 PRESENTATION

Law Trials 2012-13

AUGUST 2012 – IRB LAW CLARIFICATION – 2 (2011) – LAW REFERENCE 17 – MAUL

Law Clarification

AUGUST 2012 – IRB LAW CLARIFICATION – 3 (2011) – LAW REFERENCE 11 – OFFSIDE, 10 METRE LAW

Law Clarification

AUGUST 2012 – IRB LAW CLARIFICATION – 4 (2011) – LAW REFERENCE 12 – KNOCK ON OR THROW FORWARD

Law Clarification

AUGUST 2012 – IRB LAW CLARIFICATION – 2 (2012) – LAW REFERENCE 3 – NUMBER OF PLAYERS, 5 – TIME, AND 8 – ADVANTAGE

Law Clarification

AUGUST 2012 – REGULATIONS RELATING TO ROLLING SUBS, INTRODUCED THIS SEASON AT LEVELS 5 AND BELOW

Law Clarification

Please note these do not apply to the Merit Leagues. Below are further guidelines from the RFU to assist.

1.      Reg 13.5.14 – If a team has only 1 or 2 replacements, it will still be permitted 8 interchanges.

2.      Reg 13.5.17 – If a player is replaced for a blood injury, then subsequently returns, that counts as 2 interchanges.

3.      Reg 13.5.20 – Clubs will be written to prior to the start of the season, requesting that the coach/captain should declare to the referee when a player is replaced because of injury.  This will allow the referee to keep track of players who will not be permitted to return following a second injury.

4.      In the same letter, clubs will be reminded that it is the joint responsibility of the referee and the teams concerned to manage the number of permitted interchanges.  If a team exceeds the permitted number, it will be in breach of RFU Regulation 13.5.15 and liable to sanction.  This will apply even if the referee has inadvertently allowed too many interchanges.

5.     Society referees will be provided with score cards to assist in the management of the interchanges.  These will be sent to Society Secretaries by the second week in August.

NOVEMBER 2011 – ILLEGAL BOOT STUD CONFIGURATION

Please see above photographs of a boot with a single toe stud configuration that is being purchased for use in playing Rugby. This is illegal under Law 4.4 (j) and players should not be permitted to play with boots with this sole configuration. Please note that any Adidas boots with this configuration have not been designed or sold as a Rugby product.

NOVEMBER 2011 – BASE LAYER TIGHTS AND STOCKINGS

Following enquiries from coaches and parents, the RFU have confirmed that it is permissible under RFU Regulations for young players, up to U18s, to wear base layer stockings or tights in cold weather, in accordance with IRB Regulation 12. This regulation states particular thickness. However, parents can assume that most common brands will comply, although players are permitted to wear them subject to the assessment of the match referee that the items are safe and pose no risk of injury to the wearer or other participants. Please note that U18s playing in the adult game may not wear base layer stockings/tights.

SEPTEMBER 2011 – RURAL AND INVICTA LEAGUE RULES

The Kent League Rules for both Rural and Invicta leagues are now on the Information page on the Kent Referees Website at Kent Referees. Front row regulations for both these leagues can be found on the Kent Referees downloads page.