Training & Development Day

The annual society Training & Development Day took place at Lichfield RFC on Sunday, 11 August 2019. The day was very  well attended and included opportunities to tackle the new Bronco test to measure a referee’s personal fitness and to hear from a range of speakers about relevant issues for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

Lee Dawson updated members on the likely changes in Safeguarding matters and how these could impact us all.

Kev Cantrill (SRU Disciplinary Secretary) spoke on the topic of the need for accurate completion of the relevant forms in the event of red cards and/or match official abuse. He was supported by inputs from Simon Redford and Paul Daniels in terms of how to ensure that the report is ‘fit for purpose’.

Craig Maxwell-Keys briefed everyone on the Half Game Rule for Under 18 rugby; the introduction of Game On to ensure that more rugby is played; as well as the content of his presentation to the SRU Coaching Society’s annual conference at Walsall RFC on 15 June 2019.

Craig also covered the two recent sets of information sent out by World Rugby on axial loading at the scrum and the decision making framework for high tackles.

For further information on axial loading, click here.

For a PDF document on how to use the high tackle decision making framework, use the following link: 2019-PlayerWelfare-HighTackleDecision_v2_EN. There is also an IRB video on the high tackle framework.

The society’s development squad also met to discuss the planned meetings for the season and to allow for referee coaches and/or mentors to meet and chat with their referees.


Paul Daniels, SRUSR Chairman, welcomes everyone and opens the society’s annual Training & Development Day held at Lichfield RFC on Sunday, 11 August 2019

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