TRRA Training & Development Webinar


Please join the TRRA and USA Rugby National Panel Referee John Stevens as we take a closer look at Effective Communication. From the Board Room to the Rugby Pitch effective communication skills are a great asset for your toolbox and vital for the modern game. Please register for TRRA Training & Development Webinar on Feb 7, 2018, 8:00 PM CST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

TRRA Training & Development Webinar: Understanding The Front Row

Understanding The Front Row Webinar & Regional Referee Meetings

Please join the TRRA and Guest Speakers Chris Assmus, Canadain National Panel and World Rugby Referee, Justin Fitzpatrick and Darren Morris, former International Props as we discuss – Understanding The Front Row at this month’s Regional Referee Meetings and Webinar. Please register for TRRA Training and Development Webinar on Nov 1st, 2017 8:00 PM CDT…/2734426430146295554








TRRA Training and Development Webinar

Please join the TRRA and Guest Speaker Rob Debney, former RFU Elite Referee as we discuss Referee Development through self-review, peer feedback and the Advantage referee development system.
We will also take a look at the new match reporting system in Who’s the Ref.
Please register for TRRA Training and Development Webinar on Sep 27, 2017 8:00 PM CDT at:…/2734426430146295554

RUCK with one player on their feet


There has been a lot of talk about forming a ruck with one player, after this video was released by World Rugby.

If a player has to step with one leg over the ball, they would be a prone target to be cleared out.

AT THIS TIME, in the USA, WE WILL DO THE FOLLOWING, until further clarification:

If, at a tackle, a player on their feet positions themselves over the ball, a ruck is formed. That means, your body has to be over the ball. It should be in a controlled manner, and both legs can still be on your side of the ball and they may grasp their player that is on the ground. Try not to over-complicate it.


If that player then decides to play the ball, they have to step back so they are no longer over the ball, then play the ball coming through the gate.

If, after they have formed the ruck, they pick up the ball in that ruck-forming position, it is a PK against them for hands in.

Here is the actual wording from World Rugby:


Law 16: Amended Ruck Law

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside line is created. A player on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives no hands can be used.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


RICHARD EVERY  |  High Performance Referee Manager  |  USA Rugby

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