Training Documents

Refereeing Resources

General Information

Referee protocols (expected behaviours for LSRUR referees)

Irish RFU Referee Manual 2019-20 (An excellent source of basic refereeing advice and practical tips) 

USA Rugby referees Manual 2018-19 (Another very good resource for game management and application of laws - well worth a read) 

IRB introduction to refereeing (written in 2004 so several laws have changed but still full of useful information) 


Set Pieces

George Richardson's Scrum presentation slides (Jan 2019)

Tips on refereeing the scrum (Video)  

Scrums (2014 laws but still very relevant)

Front row replacements - Logic Tree to help determine what you need to do

Touch/Lineout - checklists


Open Play

Dangerous Tackles

Managing the breakdown

Tips on Positioning (Video)

High Tackle Framework


Assistant Referees 

Guide for AR's on National Panel (best practice for all AR's)



Player Safety (Video)

Headcase Concussion Management 


Preventing abuse 

Players' clothing and boots regulations

Match Preparation 


Laws of Rugby

2019 Law Book (Click Here to Download a pdf) 

2019 Laws Website

2019-20 Leicestershire Colts Leagues guidance

Comparison of new laws vs old (crib sheet listing old and new law numbers and 2018 revisions) 

Online version of the Laws of Rugby

X Rugby (Reduced format game - played on half pitch and with reduced contact)

Guidelines from 2015 (Checklists for scrums, management of offside, obstruction, tackle area and lineout)

Law Clarifications



 Advisor Development Documents

Adviser Module 1 - Society Match Observer PDF

Adviser Module 1 - Society Match Observer WORD

Adviser Module 2 - Development Match Observer

Adviser Module 2 - Society Match Observer WORD

Referee Coaching in practice (some out of date laws, but good checklists for referee development)


RFU Courses

CMOD Modules: How-to-book-my-course

RFU ID: If you have forgotten your RFU ID or password click here

RFU ID: If you need to register with the RFU click here



Referee Nutritional Concepts - July 2015