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Mike Cobb tragic death

Some of you will have known Mike Cobb, whether through his referee evaluations, education at the USA ‘Camps with Promise’ programs and as the USA Technical Director for Match Officials or maybe in his capacity as the USA Rugby Referee Eastern Zone Manager. It is with great sadness that I must announce that Mike was

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Referee abuse

As a community who loves the game and want it to continue to grow and be successful in the USA, it is our combined responsibility to adhere to the principles and spirit of the game. To protect these principles, we feel it is in the best interest of the game that, moving forward, we employ

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2016 LAW CHANGES

These changes are effective immediately within the Northern Hemisphere. 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 use has been re-written for better clarity with no substantive changes.

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Team Coaches

Referees Under no circumstances are team coaches allowed to approach the referee at half-time. If they do, you ask them to convey all questions through their captain, but you absolutely do not discuss anything with the coach at half-time. If the coach persists the referee will EJECT the coach from the grounds. Zero tolerance approach

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Guidance from Richard Every

Referees After reviewing many matches this week, it is great to see that some referees are steadily improving and stepping up. Refereeing is an ongoing learning process, and here are a few areas that have been identified where we can improve: Rewarding dominance: A legally dominant scrum should be rewarded. This can have a huge

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