I am currently studying at the University of Northampton (will now on be known as UoN for laziness reasons) reading Podiatry.
In January '13, UoN 1stXV drew Birmingham in the Cup... not Birmingham 1sts though! After donning my number 5, we set out onto the field, only to be returning from it after only a few phases with a dislocated shoulder. Luckily, the head of the QE2 hospital (next to the rugby pitches) happens to be watching his son play, the UoN replacement flanker. We went on
last few weeks ive been rung by several clubs asking to ref ; is there now a shortage of senior refs on a saturday afternoon in S.E london ?
last weeks game i reffed we had issues with defending hookers "flashing " too early ; mainly due to ......."yes nine go ! command .
Perhaps we go back to a steady scrum and attacking hooker tapping prop to tell scum half he is ready for the ball ?
"yes nine go " is a command the ref needs not to say and stady scrum is the key ?
In terms of union refereeing I had a fairly light weekend, just an AR on Sunday (I also reffed League on Saturday). I came into the game carrying an injury that I picked up on Saturday. I managed to kick my self and bruised the muscle that lifts the foot according to the physio. It hurt, and I called up reappointments and they couldn't find anyone so I pushed through it.
The game was good Ealing U23 vs Royal Navy U23. Had a good time, final score 26-17, but Ealing scored on the death
On Sunday I had a tournament-Esher Presidents Cup. Good tourney with a lot of the top London schools (Hampton, John Fisher, Abingdon, whitgift, Brighton, and Henley). I did three games, my first game-Hampton vs Abingdon, my second was Henley vs whitgift, and my third was the final being John Fisher vs whitgift.
In the first game I felt had two issues, the scrum and lineout. The scrum was more a dominant side vs a small side so wasn't really me, we reset a few scrums due to 45,