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.



Notice of Annual General Meeting

North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees Limited

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at West Midlands Police, Tally Ho Training Centre, Pershore Road , Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7RN on Wednesday 11TH April at 7.15 p.m.

The meeting will convene to discuss and approve the following business.

  1. To appoint the President for 2018/19
  2. To appoint the Auditors for 2018/19
  3. To receive and consider the Secretary’s Report
  4. To receive and consider the Chair’s Report.
  5. To consider a Motion to Approve a One-Off Dispensation to Article 20 of the Company’s Articles of Association to allow for the re-election of the Board of Directors for a period LESS than the stated 12 month Period.
  6. To Appoint the Board of Directors to Serve up until the Convening of an Extraordinary General Meeting.
  7. Any Other Business.

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a Members Meeting focusing on a decision by the Board of Directors to undertake a Review of the Structure and Operating Practices of the Society, which will be concluded during the close season, before the Convening of an Extraordinary General Meeting to Approve the Results of the Review.

Members’ views will be an integral part of this review and this meeting will be an opportunity for members to air their views.

The attendance of all members is requested.

Dave Thomas

Mike Tremlett

The funeral of Mike Tremlett, the former Moseley scrum-half and long-serving North Midlands referee, will take place at Redditch Crematorium on March 29 at 11.45am.

Tremlett passed away last week after a brave battle against cancer.

The former  Moseley Grammar School pupil followed a distinguished playing career by becoming a well-respected referee and a member of the North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees for more than 50 years.

He also represented the NMSRFR on the North Midlands Disciplinary Committee for 37 years before he retired last summer.

Dai Scard, North Midland Chairman of Discipline, and Peter Jordan, North Midlands Disciplinary Secretary, paid a joint tribute to a man they worked closely with for many years.

“Mike Tremlett was a proud family man, a man of integrity and a rugby man through and through.  It has been our privilege to serve on Disciplinary with Mike all this century.  He was a key member of our team as a panel member, as our record keeper and as our link with the North Midlands Referees Society.  Mike’s contribution to Rugby and to Discipline in the county was outstanding,” they said.

Mike Tremlett