Development Squad 20-21 season

Applications are now being accepted for the NMSRFR Development Squad for the 2020/21 season, and will close on 19th July 2020. The development squad offers support, coaching and advice to referees who are prepared to make a commitment to developing their refereeing. The level you currently referee at is not important, it is only important that you wish to develop. The squad typically meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss skills and scenarios, and work through challenges they have faced in their own games. It is likely that some of these sessions will be online/via video call rather than in person for the coming season. Squad members have access to coaches and mentors from within the society, who will liaise with the grading/appointments team where relevant, to ensure appropriate opportunities are provided to progress. Members of the development squad should:

– have the ambition to referee three weeks out of every four (approximately), including the desire to go on exchange 

– be available for some Sunday Colts matches

– be available to prepare for and participate in squad discussion sessions, either in person or online – actively seek opportunities to develop themselves whether through working on fitness, watching other referees, or taking on additional appointments.

If you would like to register your interest in joining the Development Squad, please contact Neil Reid-Warrilow via email or calling him on 07970108849 for an informal chat.

Update 23 June: Webinar

This coming Thursday, 25th June, we start an exciting new project. Every Thursday for the next few weeks at 7pm we will be discussing different aspects of our game from refereeing, watching, coaching and Society development.

All are welcome to join the webinar whether you are active with the Society or a social member, its free!!

The first one will be on the role of the referee coach by Bru Brudenell. Bru is a very experienced coach who has quite recently transferred to our Society.

Most of the webinars will last for about an hour.

5 minutes before the start time click on the link button below

The link will be responded to automatically and you will be able to see other members as they join.

The host will guide you through any other issues.

Please be aware that the webinar will be recorded and be available to view later if you cannot join us on the night. If you do not want to be seen you can close the camera and this will be explained before the webinar starts. 

Update 19th june

Society Training and Registering for the web site

Society Training

No actual rugby but still a lot going on behind the scenes.

Commencing next Thursday, 25th June we will be delivering weekly webinars on various aspects of our game. We will start with the role of a referee coach.

The webinars will all start at 7pm and not last any longer than an hour, indeed, some will be less than that. All the presentations will be led by Society members and the topics will focus on us and our Society.

If there is anything you want discussed please just click on Leave a Comment at the top of the page and type in a brief description of what you want to see and hear about.

There will be a general circulation via WTF for those people who have not yet registered on this web site (see below) Details of how to log on to the webinar will be shown here on Wednesday’s each week.

Web Site. The Society preferred way of communicating with members is the web site. To make it easier for members Julian Edwards has introduced a registration factor. When you register you will be told when something new has been posted saving you having to check regularly.

To register, go onto the web page and navigate to the home page. Then scroll down and on the left you will see a place where to put your own email address. Complete that and then click on ‘Join NMSRFR Mailing list and that’s it.

Letter from CEO RFU

Good afternoon,
You will be aware from previous communications that the RFU, like all other Unions, NGBs and
businesses, is facing a challenging few years in responding to, and recovering from, the impact of
COVID-19. We are having to make tough, and in some cases, extreme decisions to preserve the RFU, to
ensure we are well placed in the future to support our lifeblood, the community game, and to give us
the best chance of having winning England teams going forward.

The RFU Council met today and reviewed a range of scenarios for 20/21 season. This included the
impact of the Government’s current social distancing guidelines on Twickenham Stadium’s match day
operations, what the revised capacity could be and ticket allocations for a reduced capacity stadium. Of
particular focus is the Quilter Autumn International Series and, possibly, the Guinness Six Nations for
the 20/21 season and the subsequent impact on ticketing rights for these games. Whilst there is still a
lot more detailed planning required, based on the current two metre social distancing guidelines,
Twickenham’s capacity might only be 7-14% of a normal match day, i.e. just under 10,000.
The allocation of tickets to align to a reduction in stadium capacity is a challenge as over half of ticket
entitlements are normally reserved for RFU member clubs and the Game’s other key stakeholders such
as constituent bodies, referee societies and schools and colleges, with around 28,000 contracted to
debenture holders, hospitality clients and sponsors. When assessing how tickets should be allocated we
therefore considered three options:

 A Proportional approach, where each group receives a similar % to current allocations;
 An Income-Focused approach, which seeks to maximise revenue to protect the RFU and the future
of the Game by prioritising higher income yielding ticket groups and those with contracted rights;
 A hybrid of the two approaches.
Whilst it is hard to accurately model revenues at this stage, we estimate the difference between the
Proportional and Income-Focused approach to be at least £1m per game.

Given the unprecedented situation and the extreme financial pressure the RFU is consequently under,
with an anticipated loss of £85m if the four planned Autumn Internationals are not played and in front
of a full stadium, the RFU Council has agreed to temporarily suspend the current ticket distribution
policy and entitlements and adopt the Income-Focused approach to focus on fulfilling contracted ticket
groups, wherever possible, for the 20/21 season only. Once these groups have been serviced, the
remaining ticket stock will be focused on RFU member clubs and the other key rugby stakeholders. It
is anticipated that when a capacity of 50,000 is allowed, we will return to a proportionate allocation
Further details will be shared once there is confirmation on final stadium capacities and when more
work has been done on the detailed allocation policy and the re-distribution process.
The RFU thanks its member clubs and the Game’s other key stakeholders for their understanding and
co-operation on this matter and looks forward to reverting to normal practice and returning to a full
Twickenham Stadium as soon as it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,
Bill Sweeney
Chief Executive Officer

Update 7th June 2020

Topics: New Society President, Scrummage Webinar, NHS shirts, Society Shirts & Glass Tankards

Society President:

I am pleased to announce that with immediate effect, Phil Carman will become the President of the Society for our centenary year. Rod Blaine who has held the post for 27 months has stood down so that Phil can get on with ‘the job’. More details will be given in a WTR circulation later this week.

Of note, the role of President is a Board appointment and does not need formal approval at an AGM.

IT’S HERE – SCRUM WEEK – w/c 8th June 2020

Refereeing the Scrum With Wayne Barnes & Matthew Carley

Tuesday 9th June 2020


Fear not! Booking is easy, Click here to register (press CTRL + click) or via social media Twitter ER RefereesAssoc. Then join us for an hour or so, for some company and inspiration, as well as the opportunity to ask your own questions. Grab yourself a brew and #stayconnected as part of our virtual #refereeingfamily

As this is scrum week, we also have the opportunity to hear a coaches perspective;

Coaching the Scrum With Ian Peel

Thursday 11th June 2020


Click here to register

NHS Shirts

The order for the NHS shirts which we showed on here a few weeks ago has now been placed. Thirty nine members have placed an order, well done to Simon Barker who organised itall.

Society Shirts & Glass Tankards.

We are just waiting for the final design to be sent to us, which will then be shown on here. We will then be sending out an order sheet which will be included in a newsletter sent out via WTR.

We are seeking to reward our Social Members by giving them a glass tankard suitable engraved. If anyone has a contact for such items please let me know.