Spirit of the Laws and the Sidelines

Please read the below note from Richard Every, USA Rugby High Performance Referee Manager. TRU & TRRA are also committed to ending referee, player, spectator and coach abuse in any form.

Texas Rugby Union LogoWe need to take a step forward, as we grow the game in the USA, to ensure that we stand together and work together and are respectful to each other.

We are all passionate about the game and at times we are emotional, but we have a responsibility to the game and each other to be respectful and control our behavior.

Regarding verbally abusive behavior from coaches, team staff or team substitutes towards the match officials and/or to their players or opposition players, USA Rugby Referees will, with immediate effect, be applying the following:

  • The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from this behavior ONCE,
  • On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds;
  • Zero tolerance approach will be applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Referee Department.

NOTE: Team coaches have an avenue to communicate with USA Rugby Referees Department, confidentially, by completing this form: https://form.jotformpro.com/form/42454379852969

Richard Every | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
e: revery@usarugby.org t: 773 895 6013