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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARURS APPOINTMENTS TEAM

Massive congratulations to the ARURS Appointments Team on being formally recognised in the recent RFU Presidents Awards held at Twickenham during the recent England v Wales match before the southern hemisphere tours.

“As a Welshman, it was a great honour to be in Twickenham for the Awards” said Southern Appointer Nick Jones, “the team has worked hard over the season and we are all excited for the start of the next but I will need to enjoy the summer first”.

Well done team for all the members of ARURS, keep up the great work.

The Appointments Team receiving their award from  RFU President Jason Leonard OBEThe Appointments Team receiving their award from
RFU President Jason Leonard OBE

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ARURS ANNUAL DINNER 2016

ARURS held its 50th Dinner at the home of military leadership; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst hosting a number of members, guests and most welcoming the President of the RFU – Jason Leonard OBE.

The night was a great success embracing the remarkable achievements over the past decades and current season which included a number of match officials supporting the game all over the globe in various events from Brunei, Falkland’s, Canada to the home nations.

First of the prize winners was the ARURS Referee of the Year, this year unanimously Matt Duncan took the award for his performances and commitment to the game.

Matt receiving his award from the RFU President – Jason LeonardMatt receiving his award from the RFU President – Jason Leonard

New Referee of the Year went to one of the stalwarts in Corps Rugby, Toby Rowe who only took his course in Sep 15, he is now a leading member of ARURS and his local civilian society, a true credit to the game and its core values.

Toby Rowe enjoying the first of many awards at the start of his refereeing careerToby Rowe enjoying the first of many awards at the start of his refereeing career

Also, 3 special awards were given out this year for commitment to rugby and ARURS for over 20 years; Des Chapman, Sid Goodall and John Voss all received ARURS Golden Whistle, an achievement that only a few will achieve. All 3 have been great ambassadors to the game and we have all in some way be supported by them during our playing, refereeing and coaching careers.

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Also, 3 special awards were given out this year for commitment to rugby and ARURS for over 20 years; Des Chapman, Sid Goodall and John Voss all received ARURS Golden Whistle, an achievement that only a few will achieve. All 3 have been great ambassadors to the game and we have all in some way be supported by them during our playing, refereeing and coaching careers.

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Hon Sec Handover

Col Dave Wakefield, ARURS Chairman, met with Maj Justin Sampson at Army HQ on 12 May 16 when he was able to present Justin with two tokens of ARURS’s appreciation for Justin’s time as ARURS Honorary Secretary: an ARURS plaque and a glass trophy, both with engraved plaques expressing the Society’s gratitude.

Justin was ARURS Hon Sec for four years, handing over to Maj Roy Serevena at the end of last season. For much of his time as Hon Sec he was based in Germany in a particularly demanding staff job, and as a Society we are all indebted to him for the work he was able to do on all our behalves throughout his time as Hon Sec but especially during those “Germany years”.

This past season though has been a frustrating one for Justin with injury keeping him out of refereeing both for ARURS as his civilian society. However, we hope to welcome him back into active ARURS officiating for the start of next season, either on the pitch or, if still recovering from injury, supporting assessing/coaching; in either role there will be many ARURS members and ARU players who will benefit from it.

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Congratulations to Iain Kiy

Iain at the recent Inter Services as an Assistant RefereeIain at the recent Inter Services as an Assistant Referee
Today we received great news that Iain Kiy has been selected to the South West Group of referees after this seasons promising performances at Level 5. Iain who you will find normally with his head in the clouds (after all he is an Army Pilot!) has been tested this season in many ways and performed above the standards expected. ARURS wish him well for the future which we know is promising, all the very best Iain.

Still going at retirement age!

As they say the show must go on, well this is the case with our very own master of refereeing – Des Chapman.

After retiring from the Army after a long number of years, retiring as a civil servant he still hasn’t retired from picking up the whistle and having a blast not only from his lungs but also with the banter from the players and spectators at his local club in Long Eaton, Nottingham.

Regimental to the end, standing upright and neck in the back of the collar!Regimental to the end, standing upright and neck in the back of the collar!
Always ready to play advantage, many could take his lead as some senior coaches would and have said over the yearsAlways ready to play advantage, many could take his lead as some senior coaches would and have said over the years
It is said, the secret to having a long career in refereeing is to have your own protection team looking after you, he is Des being escorted to a game in Cyprus, no one told them he was only going to watch them play!It is said, the secret to having a long career in refereeing is to have your own protection team looking after you, he is Des being escorted to a game in Cyprus, no one told them he was only going to watch them play!
Assisting the training on a local course.Assisting the training on a local course.
Training how it should be done, in the sun, relaxed and everyone enjoying themselves!Training how it should be done, in the sun, relaxed and everyone enjoying themselves!

ARURS are would like to thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to your continuous support for many years to come. See you on the side of a pitch soon or supporting your favourite team Baff!!

Congratulations to Richard

The 2014-15 ARURS Commitment Award was presented to Richard Shore for his tremendous support to the development of referees for a number of years. Never shy to the elements and personal fitness, Richard has been on the sidelines of many pitches watching games within the military and civilian societies. Many have been developed by his selfless dedication and ARURS is privileged to have a committed member amongst its team of assessors – well done Richard from us all.

Richard receiving his award during the ARURS Training Day by Chairman Col Dave WakefieldRichard receiving his award during the ARURS Training Day by Chairman Col Dave Wakefield

Chairman teaching England the way forward

Chairman of ARURS met up with some of the Bath Players celebrating 150 years of Bath Rugby, team talks and playing strategies were discussed along with the one on one advice on Jonathan Joseph running lines and side step.

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It has been said that they look like last years auditions for X-Factor but we are not going to say the ARURS Sec passed this comment!

Training in Aldershot

Mar 15 saw the Training Team deliver in Aldershot at the School of the Physical Training. Training included both practical and theory with the final day putting what was taught into practice either refereeing a game or running the line in support of a referee.

Mater of the Scrum, Martin showing the correct way to manage the engagement.Master of the Scrum, Martin showing the correct way to manage the engagement.
All trained and ready for the action!All trained and ready for the action!

Warminster Training

The ARURS Training Team went to Warminster to deliver the southern November 15 course in the hurricane weather which hide the poor attempts of the moustache competition which some were trying to grow!

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Another great course which was blessed by our own student an Army Vicar made the training much fun and enjoyable. Congratulations to all those who passed and good luck in your refereeing and coaching careers.

The Yorkshire Gunners Referee Training

The home of the Yorkshire Gunners hosted L2 Referee course in November 15 to promote the game played in the North of the UK and beyond. The wind swept Marne Bks kept the training outside limited, not due to the course being all Army – the wind and rain didn’t let you stand in one place! However, thanks to the Gym, training took place with all enjoying the non contact style of the forwards and dynamic running of the backs.

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An enjoyable course had by all with many students already been out refereeing not only for the military but also for the civilian societies in the local area.

Training in Germany and NO snow!

December in Germany is normally cold with snow and frost, however, this year the L2 Referee course held in Sennelager, Germany went well with all players, coaches and enthusiasts enjoying the 3 day training.

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The course had a mix of experience from ex professional players, coaches and military police that keep everyone on time and in the correct place at all times. Thanks must go to Col Ritson Harrison and Tyke for the support as always in supporting training and referee development. If you are in Germany/Europe and wish to referee, please don’t hesitate contacting ARURS TDO for contact details.

Army Sports Awards in London

 

Roy and Matt prior to the awards, family jealousy clearly on show as Matt had to hide his medals!”Roy and Matt prior to the awards, family jealousy clearly on show as Matt had to hide his medals!”

Two members of the ARURS (some would say father and son) attended the prestigious Army Sports Awards on 25 November 2015 at the Guildhall in London. Representatives from all Army sports were in attendance and the event was hosted by the Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter and Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen. Also in attendance were a number of international sportsmen and women including World Cup Winner Maggie Alphonsie, Matt Dawson and Garth Crooks.

World Cup Winner Maggie Alphonsie promoting the ARURS membership pin badge or is it Roy asking her to buy him a drink?”World Cup Winner Maggie Alphonsie promoting the ARURS membership pin badge or is it Roy asking her to buy him a drink?
Following on from a photo call for all junior ranks with CGS the evening opened up with a video montage of Army sports that had taken place throughout the year, this included Army rugby at the IDRC and the Inter-Services where ARURS members delivered some excellent performances both on and off the field.

Members of the Society were in good form, mingling with celebrities and sponsors alike as well as issuing out ARURS pin badges to both international athletes and TV personalities, as well as some of the most Senior Officers in the British Army; rumour has it that CGS took a pin badge away in his pocket – swift and bold!

We were fortunate to have Karl Dickson of Harlequins Rugby on the ARU table who is training as a referee as well as being a very accomplished scrum half. Karl has established himself as a competent referee with a view on officiating professionally once he retires from playing.

Matt, Karl and Roy talking referee tactics for the seasonMatt, Karl and Roy talking referee tactics for the season

Official of the Year was won by Capt Chris Roberts, RAPTC, for his efforts in boxing…the question being asked by a number of senior officers and sports stars on the evening – “how long before an ARURS official is going to be included on the shortlist?” It’s only a matter of time with the abundance of talent in the Society right now at all levels of the game.

Overall it was a great night promoting the best of the British Army’s Sports Personalities and Achievements which ARURS has been involved on the journey, it is said that next year Sir Roy (some say Matt’s Dad) will start supporting a real team as in Harlequins or Ospreys, we will see as he was going to buy the drinks but that never happened.

The thing to remember is that “Rugby was the Winner”

ARMY REFEREES SHOW A STRONG DISPLAY IN THE IDRC 2015

Army referees where amoungst the starting referees opening the second International Defence Rugby Cup held within England from the 5-29 Oct 15. Teams from around the world over the next few weeks will be playing to be crowned the International Champion which is currently held by the British Army.

Congratulations to those who supported a great first leg of the competition.

Clyde Taylor, Matt Chapman and Ian Biby at RAF Halton before RAF v Tonga Clyde Taylor, Matt Chapman and Ian Biby at RAF Halton before RAF v Tonga
Max Marsden, Nikki O’Donnell and Matt Duncan at Portsmouth before RN v FijiMax Marsden, Nikki O’Donnell and Matt Duncan at Portsmouth before RN v Fiji

SELECTION TO THE NATIONAL PANEL OF ASSISTANT REFEREES

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The Army Rugby Union Referees Society would like to congratulate Maj Andy Scott QARANC on his selection to the RFU National Panel of Assistant Referees.

Andy who normally spends his time in or near an operating theatre balences his civilian career with his military career as a Reservist in the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps as a Threater Nurse where he has recently returned from operations.

His latest tour assisted him in training for the testing regieme which opened the doors to his selection to the National Panel of Assistant Referees. This is an exceptional achievement which we all wish him the very best for the coming season.

ROYAL SIGNALS LEAD THE CORPS IN TRAINING REFEREES

At the beginning of the season during pre season training, the Royal Signals lead the charge in the development of coaches and players in conducting the first L2 Referee course held at Blandford early September. 11 members of the Corps led by Capt Toby Rowe undertook the training both on and off the field to gain the qualification to referee within the Army. The course was delivered by the Army Rugby Union Referee Society experienced trainers who enjoyed the challenges of teaching the course but also the development of understanding for the game with the Corps Coaching Staff.

If you are interested in becoming a referee, please go to the following link:

http://aru.wpengine.com/aru-referees/arurs-training or email .

Have a great season, remember “Rugby is the Winner”

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ARMY COMMUNITY 10’s – 2nd Sep 15

Was that seriously a knock on and a yellow card?Was that seriously a knock on and a yellow card?
On a sunny Wednesday morning, a horde of ARURS officials descended on Staines RFC to what was hoped would be a great opportunity to blow out the cobwebs at the start of the season; that’s not what happened though. A low turn out of teams across the community leagues (7 in total) meant that game time was limited to a single match in the middle each as the ARURS could have fielded their own 10’s team and continued to officiate the tournament. That said, there was the opportunity for some of the more junior refs to get some guidance from the senior refs present and the training value was a worthwhile trip up the M3. Special mentions for the day should go to Adam McRae for going to ground far too easily and Robert Melhuish for receiving ref of the tournament from a James Cook after only completing his initial course in the summer.
Embracing the core values of the game - RespectEmbracing the core values of the game – Respect
Roy Serevena and Adam Hughes showing the new Landing Point Commanders signals on the rugby field.Roy Serevena and Adam Hughes showing the new Landing Point Commanders signals on the rugby field.
Tyson, a new referee showing he can control the game in a Fijian relaxed style.Tyson, a new referee showing he can control the game in a Fijian relaxed style.

CORPS FESTIVAL – 16th September 15

The corps festival was well represented this year giving ample opportunity for time in the middle for most of the referees who braved the incoming storms. After a bright start to the day the weather deteriorated by lunchtime into a dark and wet afternoon, challenging the referees to keep their scorecards dry and the AR’s to keep warm!

How dare an RAPTC Rugby Player beat me at sprints!How dare an RAPTC Rugby Player beat me at sprints!

The games were of a particularly high standard and with the army selectors present their were definitely some points to prove from the players. The infantry turned up with a strong squad, as did the Gunners and Sappers. After some tight finishes to games the Corps 1 final ended up being between the Gunners and Infantry with the Gunners coming out (just) on top.

Refereeing can at times be a lonely job, especially when the rain comes down!Refereeing can at times be a lonely job, especially when the rain comes down!

Special mentions go out (again) to Adam McRae for another spectacular dive to the floor and Adam Hughes who managed to take the women’s final all the way to the end of extra time but was saved by a sudden death score in the final minute of the game! Likewise, Matt Duncan was relieved not to have refereed yet another draw at the end of regular time in the Corps 1 final with a last minute try winning the game.

Matt, not another extra time finish, can I get a penalty out of this scrum somehow?Matt, not another extra time finish, can I get a penalty out of this scrum somehow?
Adam McRae staying on his feet for the morning, can say the same for the afternoon.Adam McRae staying on his feet for the morning, can say the same for the afternoon.
Who’s idea was it to ask for rain?  CBG sporting the new dry headgear for the season.Who’s idea was it to ask for rain? CBG sporting the new dry headgear for the season.

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.

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