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Selection to the national panel of Assistant Referees

The Army Rugby Union Referees Society wish to congratulate WO2 Ian Bibey on his selection to the RFU National Panel of Assistant Referees.

Given the past climate of military operations and commitments, it is an exceptional achievement to be recognized for his talents.

Ian Diby

ARURS Referee on International Duty

RFN Matt DuncanThe 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

Untitled1The 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.

ARURS Match Official Protocol

ARURS Match Officials Protocol – .DOC (455kb)


The Match Official Challenge – 2015.04.15 – (PDF 1.2MB)

RFU Send Out 8 – 21 Apr 2015

England Rugby Women Match Officials’ Conference – (PDF 561kb) – Posted 17 Apr 2015

Information on Age Discrimination – (PDF 262kb) – Posted 13 Apr 2015

RFU Send Out 7 – 06 March 2015

RFU Send Out – 06 Jan 2015

Information for Referees

World rugby Application of Laws for Sevens Rugby Tournaments – updated 18 Feb 15 (DOC 1.4MB)

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 – Laws 15.5 (Tackled player shifting body position before release) and 16.3 (Ruck clear outs using “head rolls” or “body rolls”) Updated 10 Nov 2014 (PDF 106kb)

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)

Provisional Suspension – Letter to Referees August 2013

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

Substance Misuse

Use of Supplements. Energy requirements depend on an individual’s level of physical activity and will vary from day to day, and task to task. A diet that provides adequate energy from a wide range of foods can meet the carbohydrate, protein, fat and micronutrient requirements of physical training and operations. Food provided by the Ministry of Defence is scientifically researched and designed to provide the daily dietary intake required to sustain service personnel in all military environments. Dietary supplements should not be used to compensate for poor food choices and an inadequate diet where a choice exists, but dietary supplements that provide additional energy and/or essential nutrients may be useful when food intake or food choices are restricted for reasons including operational constraints, travel and periods when preparation and/or consumption of adequate meals is not possible or desirable. The use of dietary supplements in such instances would reduce the risk of developing nutrient deficiencies that could impair both health and performance. Service personnel contemplating the use of dietary supplements should consider their efficacy, their cost, the risk to health and performance, and the potential for a positive Compulsory Drug Test result. Full information is available at the following three links:

a. Use of Supplements by Members of the Armed Forces (PDF)

b. Army Policy on the use of Supplements by Soldiers (PDF).

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