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.

New TRRA Chairman – Scott Green

New TRRA Chairman - Scott GreenCongratulations to the new TRRA Chairman, Scott Green!

Scott has been the Vice Chairman for two years and is now stepping into the Chairman role. Along with running the day to day functions of the referee association, Scott will also be spearheading a major recruiting and training effort. The TRU is boasting 6-10 new teams a year while we are only adding 4-5 referees per year. This is priority number one for Scott and he will be working with the current referees, TRU Clubs and the TRU to host several training sessions for aspiring and beginning referees.

Scott brings plenty of experience to the role as he has been a referee in Texas for more than six years as well as his work as a USA Rugby National Panel referee. Priority number two will be a focus on working with current TRU clubs to train ARs as well as continue to foster dialogue about the application of the laws.

At the time of Scott’s nomination there were no other nominations accepted for the role of Vice Chairman. We are happy to continue looking for a suitable candidate, please reach out to Scott if interested. However, the association did decide to add regional representatives so that each region is appropriately represented and these individuals will work with Scott to develop their areas:

TRRA Regional Representatives

North Representative – Shawn Martin (
Central Representative – Keith Dick (
South Representative – Tim O’Gara (


Scott –

Vice Chairman

Seeking applicants, email Scott for more details

TRRA AGM Weekend – June 16-18, 2017

The TRRA Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 7pm at the Comfort Suites Austin Airport. That’s not the only event on tap for the weekend though, starting on Friday, June 16 we will have an open 7s Training with Paddy Mac and Nick Ricono with the USA Rugby 7s High Performance Team.

Then on Saturday, June 17 all of our referees will be out at the 20th Annual Bloodfest 7s Tournament officiating over 50 teams at the Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville, TX.  Our referees will be joined in the afternoon by the participants of the L1 Referee Course being held the same day.

The weekend will wrap up on Sunday with another 7s Training for our RRRC 7s pool of referees.

  • Friday, June 16 – at 7pm at Comfort Suites Austin Airport –  Training with Paddy Mac and Nick Ricono from USA Rugby 7s High Performance
  • Saturday, June 17 at 8am at Northeast Metro Park – Officiate RRRC or Social 7s
  • Saturday, June 17 at 7pm at Comfort Suites Austin Airport – AGM with pizza and beer!
  • Sunday, June 18 at 9am-12pm – RRRC 7s Pool Referee Training


Let’s all come together for rugby, fellowship and fun!!