Referee of the Season at e Scottish Rugby Club Awards went to David Sutherland for "his ability to perform both at the top tier of domestic level rugby and age grade internationals, while also supporting the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy in the West and assisting elite referees at EPCR matches."
WELL DONE DAVID
Whos the Ref www.whostheref.com is the place WRRS refs need to go to for their ref appointments. It is also important that every ref keeps their diary up to date at WTR, with their availability and to complete scores. Not doing this makes it tough for the hard working team who make sure as many games are covered every weekend in allocating refs to games and that league and cup results are recorded. It is also the place for Red and Yellow card reporting!
"IF IN DOUBT SIT THEM OUT"
Player safety must always be the No 1. priority for every referee. It is important that all of us stay up to date with all current thinking in this important area. World Rugby has issued new guidance on concussion and all referees are asked to go to the links below to ensure they are fully informed. A pocket concussion recognition guide is also available on the link and I for one will be downloading and printing this to add to my match day notes for every game. The additional link to Sports Scotland's guide on how to recognise concussion is also very useful; again please download it and act on the guidance
Pre-season Training - Andy Summers has organised pre-season training starting at CQP rugby club on Tuesday 18th July. 7pm start. There are an initial 4 weeks there followed by a two week rotation at Helensburgh, Allan Glens, Cartha and Kilmarnock RFCs. Fitness is crucial to your refereeing so take up this opportunity.
Pre-season Conference will be held on Sunday 13th August, at GHK RFC at Old Anniesland. To those of you who are new to the society, this gives us the opportunity to catch up, discuss law changes and issues surrounding refereeing. At the same time, there will be fitness test and there is even a rumour that kit will be available for collection!