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The Hertfordshire Society of RFU Referees

    The Hertfordshire Society of RFU Referees



League structures update

PowerPoint file

August 2022


July 2022 World Rugby law changes

Link to WR .pdf

July 2022


Jumping into a tackle

Word document

Mar 2022


Fitness Testing

09 September 2021 19:00

9 Sep 2021

Fitness testing will be available on Thursday 9th September from 18.00 to 19.00 on the 3G pitch at the University of Herts Sports Centre, Hatfield campus. The Society meeting will start at 19.30.


Monthly Meetings

21 August 2021 19:18

Monthly training sessions will be held at 7.30pm at the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Thursday: 9th September 14th October 11th November 16th December 13th January 10th February 10th March 14th April 12th May (will probably be the AGM)


National Pub Sevens

29 August 2021 09:30

at Harpenden

See nationalpubsevens.com


Annual conference

15 August 2021 09:30

at the Sports Centre, University of Herts in Hatfield

We have arranged a pre-season meeting for everyone in the Society on Sunday 15th August at the Sports Centre, University of Herts in Hatfield. This session will run from 10.00 till 1.00 and, as well as giving us all a chance to catch up after a long absence of meeting and matches, will feature presentations on the main refereeing issues that we need to address when the new season starts. The training team will particularly be focusing on the experimental law changes announced this week by World Rugby which will apply to the whole of the game (adult and youth) as soon as the new season starts. There will also be an outdoor practical season to get our referees back into the swing of things on positioning and managing the breakdown and a session for our Match Official Developers to discuss how they will approach assessing and coaching issues during the 1st half of the new season. We will then all move down the road to St Albans RFC where the club is putting on a bar and BBQ for us. I need to know no's in advance so please e-mail Peter Brady to let him know if you are coming to the morning session only or to the BBQ as well.


Weekly training

20 April 2021 19:00

Westminster Lodge

The weather looks great again so get yourself along to training tonight 7pm - 8pm. Please do not go onto pitch till 7:00pm when athletes leave.



13 April 2021 19:00

Back on the track pitch

We are back on the track pitch tonight for our session tonight Please do not go onto the pitch till 7pm and maintain social distancing if you gather before hand!



10 April 2021 10:00

Harpenden RUFC

A reminder that we have a training session at Harpenden RFC this Saturday 10th April from 10.00 to 12.00.
The session will feature a warm up routine, some touch or Ready4Rugby, a reminder about the revised 15 a side laws (which teams will be playing to from 1st May) and a discussion about refereeing the breakdown generally.
Essential items are drinks, your whistle and boots with studs.


World Rugby Head Contact Process

effective from 10th March 2021

World Rugby has issue a new Head Contact Process which is effective from 10th March 2021 and is available with example videos online at: https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/guidelines/17 Consideration has been broadened within the process to include all illegal head and neck contact, including dangerous clean-outs, head-on-head collisions and head contact which arises from ball carriers leading with an elbow or forearm, in addition to high tackles and shoulder charges. Please circulate


Annual Dinner

08 September 2020 19:30

September 8th, 2020

I am sure it will no great surprise to you that given the continued problems with COVID-19 and the social distancing measures the Executive has reluctantly decided that we will not be able to hold the postponed Annual dinner in November. We are looking at alternative venues for April 2021 when we propose to hold a combined 2019-2021 dinner. If anyone who has paid for the dinner wishes to have a refund rather than rolling it forward to next year, please feel free to contact the Treasurer who will arrange a transfer. As soon as we have a venue and a date we will let you all know.


All Rugby Suspended- RFU Statement

March 16th, 2020

Following government advice today, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches subject to continued review. The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community. Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. We will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.


November meeting

November 14th, 2019

Michael Patz of the RFU professional game match officials team will be presenting on Game Values. Hatfield University site as usual.