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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.
Central Meeting - Thursday 8th February

The next Referee Training for all Regions will be delivered at a Central Meeting on Thursday 8th February, commencing 7pm at our new venue the University of Westminster (Marylebone Campus) 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Nearest tube Baker Street (Map).  Topic: “Decision making - communicating and ‘selling’ decisions around the scrum and particularly foul play.” 

In a slight change, we are pleased to welcome  Christophe Ridley (RFU), Nic Berry (Aus/WR), Glenn Newman (NZ/WR) to lead training and discussions.  (unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Karl Dickson cannot now make it). Nic, as AR2, and Glenn, as TMO, will both be on duty at Twickenham on Saturday for England v Wales. We also hope to increase the number of attendees on these occasions. The object of the Central London Meeting is continuity in your learning and development, in this case via the valuable experience, through the toughest of learning curves, of our guest speakers. Knowledge and tips you can consider and apply to your own refereeing will be invaluable. If you pick up just one nugget to enhance your refereeing, making the effort to attend will be hugely worthwhile.

These meetings are also an excellent opportunity to get to know fellow referees and members of the Society you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

Talking of socialising, the pre and post-meeting venue is The Globe public house, a few doors down at 43 Marylebone Road where we will provide food for you after the meeting. (Map)

Please make every effort to attend. We look forward to seeing you there. Everyone is welcome!
Young Match Official Development

LSRFUR is working hard to recruit and develop the next generation of Match Officials. In this video, find out how Young Match Officials at one School have developed their on-field skills, and how refereeing has given them broader skills, with which to grow and develop as individuals.

If as an individual, or as a Club or a School you are interested in a Match Official Training Courses, please contact Bob Ockenden.

Further Training videos can be found here.
April General Meeting Calling Notice/Central Meeting - Thursday 19th April

Dear Member,

The April General Meeting of the Society shall be held on Thursday 19th April at 7pm prompt at the University of Westminster, (Marylebone Campus), 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Nearest tube Baker Street, (map). The draft agenda for which is set out below. Following the General Meeting, the Society’s Central Training Meeting for April shall take place, with the topic to be confirmed.

As usual, drinks before and after the meeting (along with free food) shall take place in The Globe (map).

I very much hope to see you there.

Warm Regards

Peter Coulthard
General Secretary, LSRFUR

Introduction and Welcome
Minor Changes to the Constitution of the Society for approval

Elections for the 2018/19 season
Any Other Business
Following the conclusion of the formal General Meeting, the Society’s Central Training Meeting shall take place
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