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Safeguarding in Schools

A number of School Heads of Rugby have approached the Society regarding their risk assessments of rugby matches which are, as you know, required by law. Much has changed with regard to the proper supervision of children or vulnerable adults over the last few years, including, for instance, separate changing facilites for the players and match officials. One area of weakness identified by the risk assessment was identity checks on individuals entering the school premises.

With immediate effect therefore, it is compulsory that all officials appointed to a schools fixture (including tournaments of any description) carry with them identification which includes a photo.  While not all schools have this as a condition of being allowed on their premises, it will become a more widespread condition.  I am sure you will all appreciate and support this new requirement which improves the risk profile of our schools.
Sponsor Scoops Awards

On Wednesday evening, at the FN (Financial News) Trading and Technology Awards Ceremony at the V & A Museum, Bats swept the board!
They were nominated in 6 categories and won them ALL! The awards included Exchange Group of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as Best Equities Trading Platform and Most Innovative Data Product/Service for Bats Indices, the new set of benchmarks it launched in June 2016.

• Exchange Group of the Year: Bats Global Markets
• Best Equities Trading Platform: Bats Europe
• CTO/COO of the Year: David Howson, chief operating officer, Bats Europe
• Best Foreign Exchange Trading Platform: Hotspot (owned by Bats Global Markets )
• Most Innovative Data Product/Service: Bats Indices
• Most Innovative Trading Product/Service: Aquis Exchange and Bats Europe (Joint Winners)

LSRFUR is delighted to be sponsored by such a successful, innovative and forward thinking Company, and congratulates Bats on their record breaking achievements.
November General Meeting/Central Training Meeting

The November General Meeting of the Society shall be held on Thursday 10th November at 7pm prompt at the Institute of Child Health, Guilford Street (nearest tube station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line), the draft agenda for which can be downloaded here.

In relation to the Agenda item, Minor Changes to the Constitution of the Society for approval, the changes are detailed in this document (for download).

Following the General Meeting, the Society’s Central Training Meeting for November shall take place. We are very grateful to Veryan Boscawen, one of our rising RFU National Panel Referees, for helping put the meeting together. The topic is “How Not to Blow the Whistle”, including Guest speakers, John Inverdale and Jeff Smith, both of Esher RFC.
The intention of the session is to complement the Regional Training Meetings on set piece and specific law technical sessions, with a more holistic view on casting the law book to one side and achieving better game flow and a more rewarding match at all levels rather than just those on TV.

As usual, drinks before and after the meeting shall take place in The Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James St, London WC1N 3ES.

All members will be warmly welcomed and are encouraged to attend. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Annual Dinner 2016

With only a few days to go before our Annual Dinner, I thought I would remind members that there are a few tickets available and that if you do wish to come then you should apply forthwith. To date, 200 or so members are already attending what should be an excellent evening with Nigel Owens as our principal speaker.

The London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday 17 November 2016, at the Le Méridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH. Tickets costs £60 per person. The cash bar will be open from 18:15; call for dinner at 19:00 (seats to be taken by 19:10). Dress code as usual is black tie.

To reserve your place, please email Payment can be made at any time but must be received by Friday 11 November - either via BACs (Account name: London Society of RFUR / Sort Code: 60-13-34 / Account No: 04404432) or by cheque made payable to the London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees, marked for the attention of Hayley Pearson c/o Vodafone, One Kingdom Street, London W2 6BY.
N-Pro Protective Headgear

Some of you may be aware of a new headgear product called N-Pro which has just launched and has received some media coverage.

We have been advised that the head guard currently does not meet World Rugby specifications and is being evaluated by the developers. Until this process is complete, World Rugby has requested that the headgear is not worn in any rugby match and this information is communicated to any players who may wish to wear the product.
Kit Update

Anyone who ordered Pink/Orange referee shirts in the summer, and/or any additional Green/Yellow shirts and shorts, should be receiving a PayPal Invoice in the next few days for their order. The Invoice will advise How to Pay and acceptable payments methods (you do not need a PayPal account). Your kit will then be available to be collected at your Regional Meetings in December:

North - Monday 12th (at Enfield RFC)
South West - Monday 12th
West - Tuesday 13th
South East - Wednesday 21st

NB - Kit will be delivered to your “home” region only. If you can’t make these meetings, I would suggest contacting your Regional Manager AFTER the meeting to make alternative arrangements.


If you wish to place further kit orders, please use this form and send to

If you are a NEW referee, you are entitled to ONE free set of kit (1 x shirt, 1 x shorts, 1 x socks). Please use this form to place your "free" order - NB you will need to send this to your Regional Manager for approval, and your Regional Manager will send to on your behalf.

All Gilbert off field kit can be purchased directly from the Gilbert/LSRFUR shop

Dangerous Contact with the Head

Please see here for some guidance issued by World Rugby/RFU last week with regards to dangerous contact with the Head. Please also see this link to a Powerpoint with Clips that give some examples of Red Card Offences of this nature.  This message will also go to the National League clubs today, with this stance taking effect immediately. (NB - this download contains a single slide and 4 videos; the clips may not play automatically when clicked from the slide - you can however play them manually)
RFU Survey

You may have seen that the RFU recently launched the first England Rugby National Survey, to gain the views of the game. This promises to be the most wide ranging view of the game we’ve ever had, currently sitting near 20k completed responses.  These submissions will form a key input into the RFU strategic plan work that is ongoing and cumulates in a board meeting on 14th Dec. 
With 2 weeks to go until the survey closes, it is most important to gather as many views as is possible.

As the country’s most populous referees society, it is vital to input as many views from referees, ARs, coaches, advisers and our administrators.   I would therefore ask you to complete the survey and have your say.  The survey can be accessed through the link: