Tag Archive for Laws

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

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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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.

World Rugby Law Clarifications: Law 7, 8, and 9

World Rugby has issued the following three law clarifications:

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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

The IRB has issued law clarification 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.

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

CORRECTION: Earlier version of this post detailed IRB HIA Substitution guidance.  USA Rugby has not adopted the most recent guidance and has developed it’s own policies regarding HIAs.  Please disregard the previous post version including the HIA assessment and substitution guidance.