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  1. Keeping Youth refs in the game

    Losing great Youth refs.

    There is a well defined path of becoming a ref via the ELRA programme and some excellent work from individual societies, however I believe we are creating a challange and potentially losing good refs.

    There is a small army of Parents / Coaches who once played and now are happily working with thier kids on a Sunday in Youth Rugby. Some of them, like me, are brave enough to have a go at reffing because otherwise the kids wil not get a game. ...
  2. AGE?-sorry RfU policy is strictly "don't ask,don't tell"

    by , 09-01-12 at 18:01 (DIARY OF A B52 REF (aged 29 3/4 forever) with apologies to Sue Townsend)
    Week 18- days filming "school of hardknocks" for skyt.v. with messrs. quinell and shaggy greenwood plus a bunch of tottenham reprobates (teaching them how to get a life through the medium of rugger) good fun ,lots of raw talent.
    Jaunt to France for a student cup game. Realise i haven't reffed a single "wet" game in england this year as arrive in middle of "tempete joachim" -huge storm wrecking northern france. Luckily it calms a little before the game but my AR'S solemnly inform me the players/crowd ...

    Updated 10-01-12 at 00:01 by B52 REF (spelling)

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  3. aged like a good wine.

    by , 11-12-11 at 14:12 (DIARY OF A B52 REF (aged 29 3/4 forever) with apologies to Sue Townsend)
    WEEK 16- Essex derby -but all very good humoured.
    Sunday- top youths game with keen new young ref as homers coach.
    Midweek- students 14-15 so rubbish hometeam card ,not too badly off pace but bothsides not happy with my breakdown mangement (oops).
    Esher to watch England Ladies easily put away the Kiwis (could have scored a lot more but for bad options, overuse of chip/cross kick when simple run in would have done the job.)
    Ref was v.good (well very tall compared to the ...
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  4. aged 19 3/4 for ever

    by , 27-11-11 at 20:11 (DIARY OF A B52 REF (aged 29 3/4 forever) with apologies to Sue Townsend)
    Week 14- top ladies league- all good stuff though i suspect crappy card from losing visitors vice- capt. (no.8) "can you please get your head in pre-engage - no slingshot-" " no 'i,m an international this is the way we do it " communication kinda went downhill thereafter.
    midweek- really good students game- reminded me why i love this game.
    londonrefs dinner - the 2 willies speaking asi in Mr President RFU and Mr McBride -fortunately former was short self deprecating and humous and latter ...

    Updated 07-12-11 at 03:12 by Robert Burns

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  5. Ruck Stuff

    First post so we'll see how it goes...

    Just looking for some insight from my learned colleagues regarding actions I've noticed at the ruck...

    i.e., ball won and at the back of the ruck, defending player then stepping over or through the ruck to dislodge the ball (kick out of the ruck)...it seems to me a considerably negative action that is/has been dealt with varying degree (penalty to play on)...my thoughts are that this obviously needs to be managed closely on the ...
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