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

e: t: 773 895 6013

2655 Crescent Dr, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026

2017 – 2018 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Please review the newly released Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby for 2017. Though the material is developed for referees, it is applicable to all stakeholders of the game including players and coaches. Please download the file and read through the updates:

2017 – 2018 Game Management Guidelines

As there are quite a few new law trials this time around, USA Rugby has also put together a presentation going over the trials as well as supporting videos:

USA Rugby Presentation on the 2017 Law Trials

TRRA Training and Development Webinar

TRRA Training and Development Webinar: 

Understanding the 2017 Law Updates, Amendments and Trials

Please register for TRRA Training and Development Webinar on Aug 30, 2017, 8:00 PM CDT at:

TRRA Training and Development: Understanding the 2017 Law Updates, Amendments and Trials

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


Wendy Young – Promoted to B Panel

Wendy Young - Promoted to B PanelIt is with great pleasure that the TRRA announces the promotion of Wendy Young to B panel. Wendy has dedicated herself to the world of refereeing for many years both here in Texas and Nationally. She has always strived to set the highest of standards for match officials both on and off the field. With this promotion Wendy Young becomes the first female referee in Texas to attain this honor and again has set the bar high for all that follow in her footsteps.

The TRRA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Wendy and say thank you for all the time, effort and sacrifice she has given to the Texas Rugby community and in particular the TRRA. We wish you all the best for your future and look forward to seeing you out in the center.