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Referee and Match Schedule Information

Referee Society

President: Andy Avery
Cell: 480-266-4905
Email: nmflyfish@yahoo.com

Requesting A Referee

Send an email to swrrs-assignments@googlegroups.com
Mark Keoghan  and Andy Avery are the referee allocators and they will respond to your request.

Include the following information:  Date, kickoff time, location, home and away teams, and any other relevant info that the referee would need to know.

If you are not sure who your assigned referee is for an upcoming match, send the inquiry to this same email address.

2021 Global Law Trials

World Rugby (WR) has announced several Global Law Trials that go into effect on August 1st, 2021.  These trials are not minor tweaks and will have some significant effects on safety and strategy. We strongly recommend all players and coaches familiarize themselves with the new Laws. Referees must
learn all the details.

More information can be found at: https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/global-law-trials.

This resource includes many good video examples. 
 

Summary of the 5 Law Trials

1:  50:22

If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly (i.e. it bounces first) into touch inside their opponents’ 22, they will throw into the resulting lineout. The ball cannot be passed or carried back into the defensive half for the 50:22 to be played. The phase immediately prior to the kick (tackle, ruck or maul) must originate inside the defensive half, or an opponent touches the ball inside the half before it is kicked.

2:  Goal line drop-out

If the ball is held up in in-goal, or there is a knock-on from an attacking player in in-goal, or an attacking kick is made dead by the defending team inside their own in-goal, then play restarts with a goal line dropout anywhere along the goal line.

3:  1-player latch

One support player may pre-latch to a ball carrier prior to contact. If the ball carrier is tackled, this player must observe all the requirements for a first arriving player, particularly the need to stay on their feet and not obstruct an opposing tackler or player trying to contest for the ball. The first opposition player may still attempt to tackle the ball carrier, and will not be considered to have automatically created a maul when they make initial contact.

4:  Flying Wedge

Two or more support players may not bind onto a ball carrier prior to opposition contact play. This is dangerous play. (Usually happens near the goal line or in open play.)

5:  Cleanout and safety of the ‘jackler’

The ‘jackler’ has now been defined as the first arriving team-mate of the tackler at the tackle. A Penalty Kick has been added for clean-outs which target or drop weight onto this player’s lower limbs. No-wrap hits and ‘neck rolls’ on a jackler are still foul play. Clasping a jackler under their armpits to lever them up and out of the contest (known as a ‘gator roll’) is still legal.

Referee Match Assignment Schedule


A 3 month look-ahead to match fixtures and referee assignments.