RFU Update Relevant to Refereeing

HEADCASE awareness
There is no dispute that player safety is a major part of our duties as a referee. This means we have an obligation to maintain an awareness of and, where possible, control of situations that can lead to serious injury (take high tackles as an example).
Concussion is a very real threat to player safety and the seriousness of it can sometimes not be immediately apparent. Undetected, it can lead to some very unpleasant outcomes which could even be life threatening.
For this reason, the RFU insists that head injuries are treated with the highest priority and that those directly involved in the game (players/coaches/officials/physios etc) are properly trained to recognise and respond to possible incidences of concussion.
If you have not already done so, you are strongly urged to complete the Online Concussion Training Module – Headcase. This will take around 20 minutes and can be accessed at:
Tackle height law change reminderWe would also like to remind everyone of the law change which has implemented a reduced tackle height consistently across age grade rugby.

Bringing the tackle height for U15-U18 groups down from shoulder level to below the imagined line of the armpit means that all age grade players from U9-U18 will now play to the same tackle height law.

Having the same tackle height across the age grade game will support our work to reduce injury and will aid the development of tackle skills across the age grade game.

A range of training courses and resources are available for coaches and referees on our coaching resources page which can be found below.

Players participating at U7 and U8 level will continue to play non-contact rugby, as is the case now.
Click on the link below, then click on RFU
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