Talk Abuse Issues through With Four Of our Top Referees

A gentle reminder, tomorrows Training subject is dealing with abuse. Four of our top referees, Becky Carter, Will Hemming, Callum Watson and Hugh Jenkins will talk you through various scenarios so we can get some consistency in how we deal with ‘awkward situations’.

Later, in the close season we will follow this discussion up with red cards, filling in the forms etc etc.

The session starts at 7pm and the link is:

We will also be asking you, should we start these sessions half an hour later?


ABUSE – How to deal with it

We have had a poor few weeks with referees and a watcher being abused by individuals all from different clubs. We are working with the C.B. to address this blight on our game and now in the close season is the time for us to look at the various options open to you to help ‘nip it in the bud’.

Next Thursday (10th June at 7pm) we will be talking through the issues. The meeting is not just for referees and watchers, its for all of our members so please join us.

The link is

If you have suffered poor behaviour but did not tell the Society please tell us your story so we can make sure we cover all aspects in the training session. You do not have to name the club, we just want the circumstances. Use email for your experience please.



Message from North Midlands Chairman, Charlie Hemmings

The Referees Society have reported this morning the 4th incident of serious abuse addressed to referees. This is obviously a very concerning trend in such a short period of time since the Return to Play protocols. 

Whilst the behaviour is generally isolated to individuals can Clubs be reminded that they are responsible for the actions of all players, coaches and spectators. 

More will follow,  but all will agree that the application of ‘sanctions’, if considered appropriate, may affect all Clubs whether ‘guilty’ or not. 
Kind regards

Sarah Wild

No Scrums At All – PLease Read

Dear colleagues,

I hope you are all keeping well.

This is a joint message with David Barnes, RFU Head of Discipline. As we have previously discussed age grade and adult rugby at level 3 and below can only be played under adapted laws (No scrum or maul) as shown on the Return to Rugby Community Roadmap – Stage D2

This includes all formats of the game, including 7s and Tens. The England Rugby Community Game Law Variations 2020-21 have been clarified to support this understanding.

We are now seeking your help to ensure that our members comply with the application of the law variations, as unfortunately we are seeing a number of personal interpretations appearing through social media. We appreciate that colleagues could potentially come under pressure from coaches & players to play with ‘passive scrums’ or anything looking like a scrum, however this is not permitted under the Government Guidance.

While we appreciate how frustrating this may be for the rugby community, we also understand the picture that Government and Public Health England (PHE) are currently looking at, with growing concerns around the Indian variant of Covid-19 in England. Thank you for your support and let’s please ensure we and our members play our part to restrict the spread of the virus and to keep our game being played.

Further supporting resources including specific match official ones are available online at: England Rugby – Return to Rugby Resources

If we can offer any advice or support please do not hesitate to make contact via or just call.

Take care, kind regards,


RFU Match Official Development Manager

Please keep an eye on our official England Rugby or @RFURefs channels for all of the latest information and advice.