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West Refs

2019/2020 season

Please note lates approved Laws May 2018 & ensure you have completed the Rugby Right Course - see below

 

 

Getting Started in Refereeing

 

Due for a wee update but still a good grounding

High Tackle Directive added 24-09-19

 

Three Stage Process

 

Is the tackle a shoulder charge or high tackle?

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Shoulder charge

 

Arm of the shoulder making contact with the ball carrier is behind the tackler’s body or tucked in ‘sling’ position at contact

 

High tackle

 

An illegal tackle causing head contact, where head contact is identified by clear contact to ball carrier’s head/neck OR the head visibly moves backwards from the contact point OR the ball carrier requires an HIA

 

Note: the head’s first movement is back in a head-contact tackle or head-contact shoulder charge, and forward in a ‘body-contact’ tackle or ‘body-contact’ shoulder charge

 

IF SHOULDER CHARGE or HIGH TACKLE:

 

1.Was there ball carrier head/neck contact?

 

2.What is the degree of danger – high or low?

 

3.Are there clear and obvious mitigating factors?*

 

* For mitigation, only one reduction in sanction can apply, irrespective of the number of mitigating factors present

 

How the referees apply the laws in a shoulder charge

 

Firstly a shoulder charge is defined as follows: "Arm of the shoulder making contact with the ball carrier is behind the tackler’s body or tucked in ‘sling’ position at contact."

 

Sanctions are issued as follows:

 

• Red card - If a shoulder charge makes contact with the head or neck, it is by default a red card in the new framework.

 

• Sin bin - If there is no contact with the neck but there is a high degree of danger, the player should be sin binned.

 

• Penalty - If there is no contact with the neck and there is a high degree of danger, it is a penalty.

Referee Coaching  Guide - Nov '16

 Referee Coaching Guide

 

Click on the link above for the comprehensive ref coaching guide, courtesy of Dave Pearson

November 2016

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May 2018 Law Change Focus  - The Scrum

 

Uncontested scrums requiring eight players per side

Addition of new number 3.15:

 

15. Uncontested scrums as a result of a sending off, temporary suspension or injury must be played with eight players per side. Consequential renumbering: 15-33 become 16-34

Addition of sentence to 19.6 (U19 variations):

 

6. All players in the three front-row positions and the two lock positions must be suitably trained for these positions. If a team cannot field such suitably trained players for whatever reason, then the referee must order uncontested scrums. Uncontested scrums as a result of a sending off, temporary suspension or injury must be played with eight players per side.