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RugbyWA and Rugby Idaho elevated standards: Dangerous Tackles

Some of the Rugby Washington coaches have asked to remind referees officiating their matches of two areas of elevated standard that the RugbyWA board and PNRRS exec have agreed.

  • Dangerous tackles: Deal with immediately. DO NOT play advantage.
  • High tackles, tip tackles, no wrap, horse collar, player in the air, dangerous slinging, early / late tackles: this year, “High” is defined as armpits and higher.
  • Zero tolerance for Punching or Stamping: In RugbyWA and Rugby Idaho games these are ALL red card offenses!

World Rugby Clarification, 1 2015: Time at end of half/game


1. If a try is scored with very little time remaining in the half (or the game), should there be a restart kickoff?
2. Similarly, if a penalty is awarded with little time remaining, can a team kick to touch and then have the lineout?

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2015 USA Rugby Equipment and Clothing Guidelines

USA Rugby has distributed the 2015 Equipment and Clothing Guidelines, detailing what is legal and illegal equipment and clothing as deemed by rugby law.  Please distribute this to any players, coaches, and clubs as well.


2015 Equipment and Clothing Guidelines

43rd State Lions St. Paddy’s Day Invitational

Please see the attached flyer for information on attending the 43rd State Lions St. Paddy’s Day Invitational in Boise.  Any referees interested in working the tournament, please contact Vince Spagnolo (see email address in the flyer).

2015 43rd State Lions St. Paddy’s Day Invitational

Scrum Engagement: Leaning on Opponents

See below for guidance regarding scrum engagements from the National office. Remember this is for the highest level rugby, so you might want to use a little more management at the average match level before getting too drastic on players.

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Portland Referee Meetings Kickoff Feb. 11th

Attention referees in North West Oregon and South West Washington and surrounding areas (and even further afield if you’re in town or don’t mind the travel).

The monthly Referee meetings held in Portland kick off again on February 11th. If you would like to be sent more information, updates, meeting reminders, etc. please send Lance Henwood ( your email address.

Dates: 6:30pm to 8:30pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month February to June

Venue: Jim Kautz’s Office (Bitar Brothers Ltd., 2929 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214)

Next Meeting: Wednesday February 11th 2015

Next Agenda:

  • USA Rugby Requirements
  • Organization for Spring Season
  • Up-coming Local Events:
    • Prez Fest February 21-22
    • High School Preseason Tournament February 28.
  • High School (U19) Game Management Guidelines

Look forward to seeing you there!

USARR 2015 Focus Areas Video

USA Rugby Referees showed the following video at the 2015 National Development Summit.  Please review the video for guidance on various aspects of game management, techniques, and definitions.

The video has been permanently placed on our “USA Rugby Resources” page under “Referee Resources”.

USARR 2015 Focus Areas (presented at 2015 NDS):

Youth Rugby GMG Guidance (U-19 and below)

Posting an email from PNRRS Chairman, John Clavin distributed to PNRRS Referees on January 22, 2015:

For the first time that I can recall, USA Rugby have brought out a set of Game Management Guidelines specifically aimed at high school (U-19) rugby and making some clear statements about how the referees should interpret the laws of the game.

I’ve gone through the HS GMG and outlined below are the areas where there are differences compared to the guidance for adult 15s rugby, or where there is a significant change of emphasis for both.These are not optional, so if you’re going to referee youth rugby you must follow these guidelines. Where my descriptions don’t make sense to you, please go and read the USA Rugby Referees – 2015 High School Game Management Guidelines:



  1. Referee abuse from sidelines: No tolerance, warn the miscreant ONCE; if repeated, eject from the ground. (All versions of rugby)

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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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