PNRRS Calls on Clubs for More Referees

Please see the recently published memo from PNRRS regarding clubs producing players to get referee certified to meet the growing needs of Pacific Northwest rugby.  PNRRS is considering future policies regarding which clubs it will prioritize or provide referee services to, in order to best allocate its limited pool of referees to the rapidly growing demand for referees each weekend from across the region.

Upcoming Introduction to Refereeing Courses Announced (USAR Level I)

PNRRS has announced it will be hosting two IRB Level I Referee Courses this winter.  Please see the details in the attached documents, and read below:

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Newly Appointed/Elected PNRRS Officers Announced

PNRRS has finished electing and appointing new officers for the 2014 – 2016 period, beginning with elections at the recent PNRRS AGM held in Centralia on September 6th.  Congratulations to John Clavin, PNRRS Chairman, and Jeff Hiatt, PNRRS Vice Chairman. You can view the new officers on the About PNRRS page, and read an explanation of the events in this document.

NCRRS Launches Referee Development Website

Northern California Rugby Referee Society has launched a website dedicated to the development of their referees via an online interface, including videos, quizzes, and coaching.  Please read their statement and check out the website via the link below:

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Updated Match Official Abuse Policies

USA Rugby has issued new policies, effective immediately, regarding match official abuse.  PNRRS and the leagues it officiates are in discussions on implementation of the new match official abuse policies.  Please click the link to read the full statement.

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IRB Law Clarification: Head/Body Roll, and HIA Substitutions

The IRB has issued law clarification and law amendment trials in response to an inquiry by the RFU of England.  USA Rugby has instituted these amendment trials for officials in the US.  Download the PDF files by clicking on the links below.


  • Head and Body Rolls are also known as “Gator Rolls”, regarding wrapping and rolling an opponent off of a ruck, to take the opponent out of the ruck.
  • HIA = head-injury assessment

Law Clarification 4-2014, referencing Law 15.5 and Law 16.3: Use of “head rolls” or “body rolls” – IRB Law Clarification 4-2014

Law Clarification 5-2014, referencing Law 6: HIA Protocol – IRB Law Clarification 5 2014

USAR Accepting Applications to Officiate for a Season in New Zealand or South Africa

USA Rugby Referees are accepting applications for young, aspiring referees between the ages of 18-25 to officiate for a season on exchange (expenses paid) in New Zealand with the Canterbury Referee Association, or in South Africa at the Maties Academy.  The annual Shanagher Morrison Scholarship provides young USA referees to be immersed in a high-level development program for 3 months. Click here to learn how to apply by December 15th, 2014.

Fall 2014 Season Update from USA Rugby Referees

Please read the following guidance issued from Richard Every of USA Rugby Referees:

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USA Rugby Clarifies CIPP Process

Due to many issues being encountered with adding the background check in the CIPP process this year, USA Rugby took a moment to clarify some of the issues many players, coaches, and refs have asked about.  Please click the link to read more:

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USA Rugby Trust Asks “What does rugby mean to you?”

USA Rugby Trust is hosting a fundraising gala in Chicago Oct. 30th, two days before the big match against the All Blacks at Soldier Field. We are working on a video to show to open the gala.  It will be heartwarming and inspiring, and it will set the tone for a fun evening in support of growing rugby in the United States.

From USA Rugby:

We’d like to hear from all kinds of people who have been affected by rugby.  That includes anyone and everyone — not just players!  We want to hear from refs, coaches, players, fans, parents of players … anyone!


Please submit a 30-second video answering the questions:

  • What does rugby mean to you?
  • How has rugby changed your life?

You can upload videos to Dropbox, YouTube or Facebook and share the links with Alee at, or email video files directly.


Please share this email with anyone who you think would be interested in sharing a story with us.  And kindly send us your videos before Sept. 30.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing your stories!