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Central Meeting - Thursday 23rd November 2017

The November Central Meeting and General Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd November, starting at 7pm prompt. The venue is a change from previous years' Central Meetings, and will be the University of Westminster (Marylebone Campus), a couple of minutes from Baker St tube station (which is on the Jubilee, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines). To be clear, this is where the 2016 (and NOT this year's) pre-season training conference took place. Pre and post meeting drinks at The Globe pub, next to Baker St tube station and about 5 doors down from the meeting venue. Free food will be provided thereafter the meeting. (Map).

Central Training Meeting

The Society is very lucky to have Tom Rees (Wasps and England) speaking about his transition from professional player into the world of refereeing. Tom represented Wasps 63 time and England 15 times before a knee injury cut short a very promising career. Tom is now studying to be a medic at Imperial College, and has recently taken up the whistle, so far taking control of 14 matches. He has some interesting insights and learning from these first steps on the match officiating ladder.

November General Meeting

The meeting will also constitute the Society's November General Meeting, at which the accounts shall be presented.
2018 6 Nations - Ticket Application Process

With the change in the RFU’s ticketing system, I would like to invite members of LSRFUR to apply for an initial maximum of a pair per match by email to  on or after 00.01 on 20th November, but before 23.59 on 10th December.

The tickets are priced £105, £96, £65 & £41 and the Society’s tickets are in minimum blocks of 10. I will do my best to allocate tickets of a higher face value than you are prepared to pay, provided you give me this information.

If you want to increase your chances of getting a ticket to see a match, only apply for a single because such applications will be prioritised. (and the ticket will be adjacent to other LSRFUR members). It is helpful if applicants also state their role in the Society; i.e. Retired, Committee Member, Assessor, Adviser, Coach, Active Ref, Occasional Ref, etc.

I will then advise members of their allocation, request a postal address and provide payment arrangements towards end of December.

Tickets (which must be for your own use), will then be despatched 2 - 3 weeks before the first home match.

Over 30% of recent applications did not comply with my simple requests, so in an attempt to minimise the possibility of applications being rejected on technical grounds, here is a little checklist:

Many thanks

Chris Rees
10/2/18 England v Wales - KO 16:45
17/3/18 England v Ireland - KO 14:45
Is the application within the time period?
Have you stated the £max you are prepared to pay per ticket?
Have you stated your role in the LSRFUR?
Simplified Law Book

With effect from 1st January, a new simplified Law Book comes into existence. The simplified law book is designed to make the laws easier to understand while not altering the meaning of them or how the game is played. The new law book is more logically laid out, clearer in its explanations and, with various repetitions and contradictions removed, 42 per cent shorter than the 2017 version - but doesn't include the current set of Global Law Variations in operation! THESE STILL APPLY.

Download the new Simplified Law Book

The significant change is the renumbering of foul play law, from 10.4.xx to 9.xx. A cross reference/crib sheet has been provided to show the old/new law references.

Please note that there is a revised Red Card forms THAT MUST BE USED and is available here and on the Discipline Page. When completing the Nature of Offence section, use the LEFT HAND COLUMN to identify the appropriate law in the 2017 Law Book and tick accordingly, noting the new description from the 2018 Law Book.  

For information only - Adult Sanctions Table       Youth Sanctions Table
National School 7s (Rosslyn Park)

It is that time of the season again - we are looking for referees for NS7s, starting on Monday 19th March 2018.

The Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens competition is one of LSRFURs “flagship” events - this year supplying referees to roughly 1750 games over the 5 day period. The competitions range from U13s, through U14 and Colts (U16) to U18 (boys and girls) with all the action taking place on pitches adjacent to A3 at Robin Hood Roundabout, South West London (SW15 3PQ).

The 2018 Tournament dates are Monday 19th March to Friday 23rd March. Eric Hewitt is again in charge of Referees.

Referees are required for Monday to Thursday, for any half or full day. Friday is by invitation only. If you can give up some of your time, Eric would be delighted to hear from you. Please use this form to indicate availability, and return to Eric, NB - this is the only email address to be used for Eric, please do not use any others that you may have.

This is the biggest Schools 7s tournament in the World, and requires well in excess of 100 referees during the week. Any time that you can give up for it will be hugely appreciated.
New Year, New You!

Have you over indulged at Christmas? Are you looking for a kick start into the New Year? Are you looking for motivation to get back on the fitness wagon in 2018?

Well this is what you need - the New Year 6 Week Training Programme which you can download now; it has both indoor and outdoor sessions, with all sessions divided up into categories (green = easy, yellow = medium, and red = hard) and is applicable for all levels of refereeing.

Before starting the above programme, it is imperative that if there are any medical or previous injury issues that you feel could impact or be made worse by a change in your physical activity levels; then you need to get in contact with your doctor or Ross Hanbury.

Don't forget if you want to discuss the above further, or have any other fitness related queries then don't hesitate to ask LSRFUR SnC Coach, Ross Hanbury. Please contact Ross directly -

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