About the Society

Welcome. We are an eclectic group of men and women who referee Junior and Senior rugby in Hertfordshire and on exchange around the country and overseas. A number of our members have been with us for some years so great bonds are developed between the members as they develop their rugby refereeing career. We will look after you and develop you at a rate that its best suited to you and your abilities.

The Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees was formed in 1959. The Society appoints Referees to Club, Schools and Youth games in Hertfordshire mainly on Saturdays but also covers Sunday and some midweek games. Typically 1200 games a season are covered by 60 or so active members.

  • Steve Hewlett

    February 20th, 2017

    The Society is greatly saddened by the death on 20th February of Steve Hewlett. Steve was a Hertfordshire RFU Society Referee of long standing He was a columnist for The Guardian and hosted BBC Radio 4s The Media Show In 2011 he won the BBCs Nick Clarke Award for "the best broadcast interview of the year" for his interview with Peta Buscombe, former chair of the Press Complaints Commission. He was editor of BBCs Panorama when it broadcast Princess Dianas 1995 interview with Martin Bashir. More recently, Steve took part in a series of radio interviews with Eddie Mair, on BBC Radio 4s PM, in which he described his treatment for cancer of the oesophagus. The Society extends its heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Rachel and his wider family.

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  • Tackle & scrum update

    February 7th, 2017

    High Tackle and Scrum update. February 2017

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The Society provides Training and Development for Referees in 4 ways through:

»Monthly Society meetings held at the University of Hertfordshire

»New Joiner sessions for new Referees at University of Hertfordshire

»Weekly Fitness sessions at St Albans Athletic Track, car park (AL1 2DJ) 7:30pm on Tuesdays

»Formal reviews of your performance at games by Referee Advisors and informal feedback from clubs and players

Joining the Society.

Membership of the Society is open to persons wanting to take regular refereeing appointment to matches. Initially, these matches will be in Hertfordshire. A pre-requisite of joining the Society is having completed the RFU Entry Level Refereeing Award Parts I & II. The Society membership fee is £ 20.00 per season.

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