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Refereeing the Scrum

For most of us, ensuring a fair and legal competition at scrum time is the most technically challenging part of the game.
To try and help it make sense to those of us who don’t have the benefit of years of experience in the murky depths of the front row of a scrum, the PNRRS RDO team have put together a sequential guide to what should be happening at each scrum – what the referee is doing, what the players are doing, what the referee should be looking at/for, and what the most normal issues are likely to be.
Hope you find it useful.

Spring 2015 Availability Responses Crucial

Spring 2015 Availability questionnaires were distributed earlier in January.  If you haven’t received one yet, please contact DJ Heffernan ( to get a re-sent questionnaire.

Communicating your availability is crucial to the smooth running of the society that we get as many of the referees as possible to fill this in and send it back – it makes the thankless task of allocating refs much easier if we know who’s available and when.

Our number of games is growing a lot this year – something close to 20% increase – and we remain pretty tight on available referees, so please do your bit to help our favorite sport continue to grow.

Even if you’re not available a lot, or are unsure about availability for some weekends etc., let us know when you are available – makes it much easier to figure out who to call when we need help.

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Nick Cutrell Awarded Shanagher Morrisson Scholarship

Congratulations to Oregon’s Nick Cutrell on being awarded one of the Shanagher Morrison Scholarships. He’ll be spending some time at the Maties Rugby Academy in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Safe travels, Nick!

High School Game Management Guidelines Conference Call

Kurt Weaver, USA Rugby Youth and High School Director & Elite Panel Referee, would like to host a quick call to review the changes to the 2015 High School Game Management Guidelines. He will specifically focus on squeezeball and tackle height changes.

The call will take place on Jan. 26th at 6pm Mountain Time (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific). Call in information is listed below:

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PNRRS Coins Available to Order

Get your Coins! We have PNRRS/USA Rugby commemorative coin available on a first come/first serve basis. But don’t worry; we’ll order more when the supply gets low. Makes a nice gift to leave behind on exchange or just to use for the pre-match coin toss. These buggers are hefty! To order, send an e-mail to Julie Larson ( with the number of coins you want, your shipping address, and either a check or request to deduct payment from your Referee Account. The cost is $12/coin, which covers shipping.

Coin Face   Coin Back

PNRRS Referees Appointed to National Contests

Three of PNRRS’s finest have been appointed to upcoming National contests.  Congratulations to Michelle, Chad, and Nick.
Michelle O’Brien:
  • Round of 16 Women’s Collegiate Division 1
  • Finals – Women’s Collegiate Division 2
  • Quarterfinals and Semi-Finals Club Playoffs
Chad Douglas:
  • Round of 16 Women’s Collegiate Division 1
  • Quarterfinal round of Small College
Nick Cuttrell
  • Quarterfinals and Semi-Finals Club Playoffs


Rugby Oregon Referees Must Be Concussion Certified

For anyone planning on refereeing any Rugby Oregon games, there is a requirement by Rugby Oregon that you have taken the Concussion Course within the last year. Your certificate must show that you completed the course after June of 2014. Go to the following link to take the course and obtain the certificate. It takes about 30 minutes and is free. If you already have a certificate dated after June 2014, send a copy of it to Peter Tuck (


  • Concussion in Sports– annual training required – FREE – part of USA Rugby Player Protection Package.

PNRRS Seeking Help in Applying for 501(c)3 Status

Please see the attached document for the Society’s current inquiry into any knowledge available for applying for 501(c)3 status.

01.12.2015 – PNRRS 501(c)3 Status Inquiry

UPDATED: Register to Referee @ Las Vegas Invitational (Free Vegas 7s Tickets)

Just a reminder to any interested referees, LVI management has an ongoing open registration to referee at the Las Vegas Invitational preceding the Vegas 7s. The offer for free USA 7s IRB Rugby Tournament tickets has been extended to January 31st, and there will be plenty of activity at the LVI tournament.  Read on for more information.

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USAR Referees Issues 2015 Game Management Guidelines

USA Rugby Referees has issued the 2015 Game Management Guidelines.  All referees should familiarize themselves with the guidance as several edits and additions have been made.  You can download a PDF copy of each set of Guidelines at the links below.

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