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Oregon Rugby Referees Christmas Gathering – December 14, 2016

Oregon referees will gather for their seasonal celebration at 6:00 PM on December 14 at Lucky Lab Brewing, 915 SE Hawthorn Blvd., Portland, OR 97214 (between 9th & 10th Aves).

This promises to be a fun evening. Remember to:
Bring a Rugby related White Elephant wrapped gift to take part in the exchange.
No host food and beverages.
If you can, get there early and secure a couple of tables for the rest.
Please “No Cleats” and “No Tight Fitting Jerseys” !

USA Rugby National Panel Referees

The USA Rugby Referees Selection Committee convened on July 3rd and July 23rd, 2014. The process included reviewing and discussing, in detail, all the current referees on the panel and identified prospects, totaling 30 referees.

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IRB Performance Reviewer Course

The Northern California Rugby Referee Society will be hosting a Performance Reviewer course on the weekend of September 26-28, 2014. The course entails classroom work on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning, with a match observation exercise of a referee Saturday afternoon, followed by the student preparing a performance review report on the referee Saturday evening, to be discussed during the Sunday morning classroom session. Successful completion of the Level 1 Coaching of Match Officials course is a prerequisite for taking this course.

If you have any prospective candidates desiring to participate in this course on the proposed weekend, please have them contact me through your local Referee Society as soon as possible letting me know. I am attempting to accommodate as many as possible.

Michael G. Malone (
IRB Trainer, license #085

May 2014 IRB Law Amendments

The following Law amendments were approved by the IRB Council in May 2014. To view the changes, go to and look up the amendment in the relevant section. A summary of the change is provided below.

Law 3 : Number of Players – The Team
3.4 Players nominated as substitutes
International teams permitted to nominate up to eight replacements

3.4 Players nominated as substitutes (Seven-a-side)
Sevens variation for replacements/substitutes

3.5 The Front Row – Replacements and Substitutions
Re-written for clarification

3.11 Players Wishing to Rejoin the Match
Consequential amend following update to Law 3.10 in September 2013

3.12 Substituted Players Rejoining the Match
Consequential to the rewrite of Law 3.5

3.13 Rolling Substitutions
Consequential to the rewrite of Law 3.5

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2014 USA Rugby National Club 7’s Tournament – Seattle, WA

USA Rugby “unofficially” has selected Seattle as the venue for the 2014 National 7’s Club Championships. The tournament will take place on August 9/10. The location has not yet been nailed down but soon will be. PNRRS will be responsible for staffing the event with ARs and #4 officials; the referees will be national appointments. Please contact David Pelton if you are interested in helping out at this important event.

Refereeing Sevens

Referees, please add this to your summer reading if you will be refereeing (or coaching) sevens.


Summer Tournaments

We’ve updated the information for summer 7’s tournaments with the addition of several events. Please contact David Pelton by e-mail at and let him know the events you would like to work. The locations for some of the Rugby Washington events have not yet been posted so check back.

Spokane 7’s – June 21-22 (Spokane, WA)

Roy Lucas 7’s – June 28 (West Linn, OR), and

Rugby Washington Summer 7’s – June 28 (location TBD)

Fort Lewis 7’s – July 4 (Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA)

Can-Am 7’s – July 12 (Bellingham, WA Polo Grounds, and

Rugby Washington Summer 7’s – July 12 (location TBD)

Katie’s 7’s – July 19 (Pullman, WA); this is a fund raiser for Katie Ribble, who is fighting Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Katie’s dad, Aaron, is one of our stalwart referees in Eastern WA. And,

Rugby Washington Summer 7’s – July 19 (location TBD)

Tacoma 7’s/Rugby Washington 7’s – July 26 (Tacoma, WA)
Tacoma Aroma 7’s

USA Rugby Club 7’s Championships – August 9/10 (Seattle, WA)

Thank you everyone!

2014 SANZAR Referee Meeting QA

This QA session with Lyndon Bray provides a lot of information on many issues that all referees must deal with in the modern game, including some pointed suggestions for club-level rugby. Enjoy!

2014 Q&A Lyndon Bray SANZAR Referees

USA Rugby Concussion Clarification

In a letter to all referees and coaches, USA Rugby’s Dr. Harry Laws clarified that there is no “Brain Bin” for any USA rugby competitions except elite international level contests.

Referees and coaches are directed to follow IRB Regulation 10, which in summary requires:

“All players with suspected concussion where there is no appropriately qualified person is present to diagnose concussion must be removed from the field of play and
not return to play or train on the same day and should be reviewed by an appropriately qualified person and then should complete the graduated return to play
protocol described in the IRB Concussion Guidelines”
; and furthermore

Where concussion is diagnosed, a player must be removed from the field of play and not return to play or train on the same day and must be guided through a dedicated return to play protocol.

IRB policy was reinforced in a press release at the World Rugby Conference: If in doubt, sit it out.

USA Rugby posted a link to IRB’s Statement on Concussions:

and to IRB’s Player Welfare website, which devotes considerable attention to concussions as well as other player safety issues: