Fitness Test – 7th July 2018 at Sutton Coldfield RFC

Kelvin Roberts will be running a fitness test for all referees who wish to attend – it’s worth it to see how pre-season is progressing (or to get a starting point…!)

Sutton Coldfield RFC – Saturday 7th July 2018 – 2pm
160 Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield B76 2QA

There will be other dates/venues announced soon – referees at levels 6-9 need to attend and pass a test to retain their grade for 2018/19.

If you are able to attend, please let Kelvin know by email –

Referee Training Plans from Ross Hanbury

Ross Hanbury of Hanbury Training has kindly provided the society with a set of training plans for members to use in preparation for Season 2018/19. Ross has been working with the London Society for some time as well as having had other roles within rugby. He has confirmed he is happy for members to contact him if they want further advice with regards to their fitness training.

There are three levels of plans – “Ref Fit in 30” is an entry level plan designed to get any referee fitter with just 30 minute training sessions over 10 weeks. Above that, there is an Intermediate and an Advanced plan (each has two documents).

You might note that the intermediate/advanced training plans are over thirteen weeks, and the season starts in 11 weeks… meaning the best time to start was a fortnight ago. But the next best time to start, is now!

Ref Fit in 30 – Download NM Ref fit in 30 – 2018

Intermediate Plan
NM Intermediate Training Plan 2018/19 (Excel file with timetable/planner)
North Midlands Intermediate Level Pre Season Fitness Programme 2018-19 (PDF Info)

Advanced Plan
NM Advanced Training Plan 2018/19 (Excel file with timetable/planner)
North Midlands Advanced Level Pre Season Fitness Programme 2018-19 (PDF Info)

Thanks to Ross for his help with this, and if any members have any questions or queries then please email There are also videos of exercises/routines on the Hanbury Training YouTube Channel.


Upcoming Referee Courses

Below are some upcoming Level 2 Referee Courses in the area – the society is keen to attract new members and if you are thinking of booking onto one of these courses and require any advice, feel free to contact us.

The society also refunds the £75 course fee to new referees once they have completed eight appointments for the society, as well as providing a society shirt.

In all cases, courses are run over 2 days, from 9am-5pm each day, and there is a cost of £75. You must be over 14 on day 1 of the course, and complete the World Rugby online laws and RFU online concussion education course prior to the course start date.

Sunday 10th & 24th June – Newman University

Newman University, Genners Lane, Birmingham B32 3NT

Sunday 30th June & Sunday 1st July – Old Swinford Hospital

Old Swinford Hospital School, Heath Lane, DY8 1QX

All bookings and payments for courses are made through the England Rugby website – use the links provided to go straight to the relevant courses.

You can search for other courses using this link.

Autumn Internationals 2018

The Society has received details of ticket prices for the Autumn Internationals:

England v South Africa, November 3rd

England v New Zealand, November 10th

England v Japan, November 17th

England v Australia, November 24th

Prices / Ticket categories are available from Dave Thomas – please check your email for further details.

The society only receives a small allocation of tickets so members are advised to make their applications as soon as possible, with a maximum of two tickets for each game.

Requests must be with Dave Thomas by 24th June.

Tickets are for members own personal use and may not be sold on.

Stud Safety – Smartpower Studs

The society has received confirmation from the RFU that the new “Smart Power” studs present no greater risk of injury to another player than the stud/cleat shown in World Rugby Regulation 12 Schedule 12. Therefore, they can be allowed providing that in the referee’s opinion, they are in good condition and that wear has not made them unsafe – for example, edges have become sharp.

See photos below for more information. The studs currently retail at around £25 for a set of 16 so they are not cheap. The marketing blurb claims they are worn by England’s Joe Marler and Ben Franks of the All Blacks.