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Effective Referee-player Communication

Much of referee training centers around knowing the laws, knowing where to be to see the game, and being sufficiently fit to transition along the best positions through the game.  Early in one’s referee development, communication is limited to “whistle, signal, talk.” It is the all important aspect of signaling and stating why we blew […]

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Kicking the Ball in a Ruck

KICKING THE BALL IN A RUCK: If a player is part of the ruck he may attempt to kick the ball: If he makes contact with a player on the ground which results in foul play, the sanction is a PK and possibly suspension/red card. If he kicks the ball out of the scrumhalf’s hands the sanction is a PK and possibly suspension/red card. […]

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2016 Rugby Law Changes and Clarifications

These changes are effective as of February 1, 2016 for USA Rugby, this includes all matches to which MidSouth Referees are assigned.  Law 3 – Number of Players 3.5, which addresses the number of players who are capable of playing in the front row, and how their number affects the total number of players a team may […]

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