Bringing you the latest news about rugby refereeing - appointments, law news, rugby news - as well as a closer look at all the aspects of being a rugby referee or match official
Staying referee fit without any rugby
I'm joined for a second time by Ross Hanbury, a referee fitness specialist who's been working with various referee societies and referees for some years now.
We talk about all sorts of things through this episode - from finding small ways to keep mobile while working from home, to getting started again, staying fit when we're all stuck at home, some mobility and speed suggestions.
We also go through the various fitness tests which rugby referees can do to set a benchmark for future attainment. And we also cover some advice for those of you who may be of more advanced years.
To contact Ross to discuss his 16-week referee fitness programmes, drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him at @rugbyrefereesnc on Instagram.
Three Blokes, a ball and Bod: A referee special
A slightly different style of show for you here as I bring you the audio of a Facebook Live show, recorded on 22 July 2020, and hosted by https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod (Three Blokes, A Ball and Bod).
Co-hosted by Advantage Over host Keith Lewis and the show's own Big Joe Sheppard, we were joined by Bay of Plenty Referee Manager, Cam Russell and Premiership Rugby TMO (who had 110 appearances as a Premiership referee) David Rose.
We covered so much ground in the show and it was a shame not to bring you the audio. It was record live and involved contributions and questions from the live viewers as the show went on.
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Episode 28: Bonus edition: Law variation options for post-Covid-19 rugby
Bonus episode as World Rugby have today outlined 10 possible temporary law changes so that rugby can restart in a post-Coronavirus world.
It will be up to individual Unions and competition chiefs to decide whether to introduce the, and which ones, on a temporary basis to suit local regulations or guidance.
For full wordings and story, visit: https://rugbyreferee.net/2020/05/28/post-covid-19-law-variation-options-announced-by-world-rugby/ (https://rugbyreferee.net/2020/05/28/post-covid-19-law-variation-options-announced-by-world-rugby/)
Mental Health & Resilience for rugby referees
Today, we're joined by Nick Marshall, active referee and organiser of https://www.marshallingmensminds.co.uk/ (Marshalling Men's Minds) - a community and support network for those with poor mental health,
We talked about his refereeing and mental health journeys (one upwards, one less so..) and how he overcame it.
We talked about how to spot if you're struggling, what triggers you (or your nearest and dearest may see) as well as how that manifests when you head onto the field.
We covered some ground around dealing with pressure on the pitch, and some tips on refocussing when you need to.
Nick talked briefly about the Dodger 7s team who are an invitational side made of those who have suffered from poor mental health, or have been around it. Check their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dodgerrugby/ (https://www.facebook.com/dodgerrugby/)
The key thing around the whole mental health issue is to talk. To anyone. But please do. You can contact Nick via https://www.marshallingmensminds.co.uk/ (the website) or on https://www.facebook.com/marshallingmensminds/ (Facebook) or, for those outside the UK, you can head to mentalhealth.org to find local resources to where you live.
BONUS: Law change - Scoring against the post
World Rugby have today (12 May 2020) changed the scoring law, removing the ability for a player to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector.
Why? Well listen in and find out! (Hint: player safety)
Full story: https://rugbyreferee.net/2020/05/12/law-change-grounded-against-post-protector-removed-as-scoring-possibility/ (https://rugbyreferee.net/2020/05/12/law-change-grounded-against-post-protector-removed-as-scoring-possibility/)
Refereeing Advantage in rugby
In the second of our shorter form podcasts, we take a look into refereeing advantage in rugby.
It's one of those areas, plenty of people have a view on, so let's look into what the law says, and how we should best look to referee it.
As ever, we'd love to know what you think so let us know - find us on social media at @RugbyRefereeNet, or comment on the blog over at rugbyreferee.net
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