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Global Law Trials

Hopefully, you will have seen the new Global Law Trials which take effect in England on 1st August 2017. Here is a summary of a Q&A on this topic which professional referee Matthew Carley conducted on Twitter, shortly after publication, which may be of interest. Further guidance is expected and will be fully in place by the 3rd September Conference, where much discussion will no doubt ensue!

World Rugby Global Law Trials
Matt Carley Twitter Q & A Transcript

Conference Update

Full details of the LSRFUR Conference can be found further down this page. In an update to the below, there will be a focus on the key areas of Scrum, Line Out, Tackle, Ruck/Maul and Foul Play. Additionally, we are delighted to confirm that Tom Foley and Craig Maxwell-Keys, members of the Professional Game Match Officials Team, will be presenting the Global Law Trials session. Book your ticket via the online box office. We look forward to see you there!
In Season Training Advice

On behalf of Ross Hanbury - This In-SeasonTraining Advice document talks through why and how to integrate a fitness plan into your season, while the Fixture Training Options sheet is a comprehensive list of all the different sessions - both outdoors and gym sessions. The sessions are divided up into categories (green = easy yellow = medium and red = hard).
Don't forget that the attached is not a comprehensive list of what you must do and if you want to talk about how you can integrate a fitness programme into your unique setup then don't hesitate to ask -
Conference Presentations

If you didn't make the Conference at the start of the season, here is a link to the GLT Presentation (including the guidance notes) by Tom Foley/Craig Maxwell-Keys (WARNING - this is 350Mb). Guidance Notes are also available on their own. Additionally Simon Dodd's Big 5 presentation can be downloaded.
Annual Dinner - 16th November

The Society's Annual Dinner will be held this year on Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT (close to Green Park tube station).

A cash bar will be open from 18:15; call for dinner will be at 19:00 (seats to be taken by 19:10).

This year we are pleased to report that the former Welsh international and British & Irish Lion, Scott Quinnell, has agreed to be our main speaker.

The ticket price will be £63 per person, and we are hoping for another memorable evening not to be missed. Dress code is, as usual, black tie.

To reserve your place or book/arrange your table of 10, please email Hayley Pearson.

Payment can be made at any time but must be received by Monday 6th November - either via:

1) BACS (Account name: London Society of RFUR / Sort Code: 60-13-34 / Account No: 04404432 - please include your name in the transaction comments); or
2) 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.

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
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?
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