ARURS Referee on International Duty
The Army Rugby Union and the Army Rugby Union Referees Society would like to congratulate RFN Matt Duncan, 3 RIFLES on his recent selection as part of the team of match officials for the Scotland v New Zealand Autumn International held at Murrayfield.
Matt was selected to be the 5th official for the match, the other appointments being Romain Poite as Referee with John Lacey and Peter Fitzgibbon as Assistant Referees with James McPhail as the 4th official. For those that don’t know, if any injuries occur to the 3 main officials then the 4th and 5th official could potentially be involved in running touch for the game.
Matt’s responsibilities included controlling the substitutions for both teams and any yellow or red carded players that could potentially be sent off as well as controlling the pitch side subs and other team officials such as the medics and water carriers, by all accounts Kiwi’s do not understand instructions in a Geordie accent, however Matt performed his duties with the diligence expected of a serving soldier and no mistakes were made.
Highlights of the day included being in front of a crowd of 65000 people for the National Anthems and the New Zealand Haka, access to both team’s both during and after the game, the large bag of IRB referee kit that he earned by being selected as the 5th official, access to the after match function with players and officials of both Union’s and of course the obligatory selfies to remember the day.
This season Matt was promoted onto the National Panel for Scottish Referees following a year spent on the National Academy squad, this squad is composed of those officials deemed to have potential as a referee and includes specific training and coaching by high performance coaches and he was recently appointed to referee two National 1 level matches, the 2nd tier of Scottish Rugby.
With all of the current deployments and Unit commitments this is a great achievement, he has previously been appointed to both Rabo Pro 12 and Heineken Cup matches as the 5th official but this is definitely a high point of his career so far
Selection to the RFU National Panel of Referees
The Army Rugby Union and the Army Rugby Union Referees Society wish to congratulate Capt Max Marsden on his selection to the RFU National Panel of Referees.
In the current climate of military operations and commitments, it is an exceptional achievement to be recognised for his talents as one of the games leading referees for the future. We wish him all the very best.
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Information for Referees
World Rugby Clarification – Law 20.9 – Scrum – General Restrictions – Updated 26 Nov 14 (PDF 164KB)
World Rugby Clarification – Law 13 – Kick Off and Restarts – Updated 26 Nov 14 (PDF 184KB)
World Rugby Clarification – Law 22.8 – Scrum – Ball kicked dead through in-goal – Updated 26 Nov 14 (PDF 188KB)
IRB Law Clarification – Law 6 (HIA Protocol) Updated 10 Nov 2014 (PDF 115kb)
IRB Law Clarification – Law 13 (Kick Off and Restarts) Updated 10 Oct 2014 (PDF 123kb)
Affiliated Units 2014-2015 Updated 20 Nov 14 (XLS)
IRB Lineout Clarification Posted 6 Sep 14 (PDF)
Update on Referee studies and reviews Posted 5 Sep 14 (PDF)
Scrum Engagement – Players, Coaches and Referee Update August 2013 Posted 14 Aug 2013 (PDF)
Scrum Engagement Global Try – Update Posted 29 May 2013
IRB Laws 2013 Posted 7 Feb 2013
ARU Concussion Policy(pdf 131k) – Posted 13 Feb 2013
Discipline Memo to Referees – Posted 19 Apr 13
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