Please note that “yes 9” to the scrum half, to throw the ball in, will no longer be verbalised, as announced.
When the scrum is square and steady, the referee will now signal or tap the scrum half to indicate that the ball must be fed. (Obviously signal/ tap will depend on the position of the referee.)
Please see attached example, of how the referee will now indicate. This is effective immediately.
Clips-please download from this link
International referee and social media user Nigel Owens runs through some of the official do’s and dont’s from the IRB’s social media guidelines.
The International Rugby Board has announced another experimental change to the scrum engagement laws with the axing of the ‘yes nine’ call.
The IRB has been trying a number of different methods to improve scrums.
In the latest change, which comes into immediate effect in this weekend’s Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup matches, referees will no longer say “yes nine” to the scrum-half. Instead, the referee will give the scrum-half a non-verbal signal that he is allowed to put the ball into the scrum.
The “yes nine” rule was unpopular with some because it gives the defending pack a clear indication of when to expect their opponents to start their attack in the scrum.
In a statement the IRB said: “Following an initial review, including consultation with national coaches and referee managers, it has been decided that referees will adopt a non-verbal communication to scrum-halves for the introduction of the ball. This is in accordance with the relevant law (20.5 Throwing the Ball Into the Scrum).
“The change is effective immediately and will include this week’s Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup matches in the northern hemisphere (January 9-12).
“It will also include the next rounds of other elite competitions, including the Top 14 in France (January 24), Aviva Premiership in England (February 7-9) and the RaboDirect PRO 12 in other parts of Europe (February 7-9).
“As with the original protocol, it is up to individual Unions to decide whether this change will be adopted at levels below elite rugby.”
The International Rugby Board has announced the referee appointments for the Women’s Six Nations Championship 2014.
Appointments were made by the IRB match official selection committee, following a detailed review of recent performances.
The Women’s Six Nations, which kicks off on 31 January 2014 and concludes on 16 March, will see nine referees take charge of 15 matches with Nicky Inwood, Helen O’Reilly, Claire Hodnett, Christine Bigaran, Sherry Trumbull and Leah Berard being appointed to two matches each.
This is not Soccer – An Evening with Nigel Owens
NUIM Barnhall Rugby Club U12′s Fundraising Committee
Thursday, 6 March 2014 from 20:00 to 22:30 (GMT)
Ahead of his 6 Nations Game in Dublin Ireland v Italy, Nigel will talk about his life as one of the world’s leading Referees (an incredible story both on and off the field- from his Stand up Comedy gigs to Steroid Addiction to his Sexuality to Bulimia and his attempted Suicide) and then do Q&A in second half….
Tickets are limited so it’s a great event…. Even more so now after his recent South Africa V New Zealand game which many experts claim was the GREATEST ever game of Rugby played worldwide and that the Man of Match award should have gone to Nigel Owens for his handling of such an epic encounter and his heart wrenching Ireland v New Zealand game in the Guinness Series.
So buy that rugby fan something that most can never experience… an event that they will never forget.
Tickets available here
This article appeared in the Northampton program
It is always great to see Nigel Owens arriving in Ireland to officiate at the top level and always great to see him referee Leinster. He had a great game again last week. One of the best referees of our time he follows in the footsteps of great Welsh rugby referees such as Clive Norling and Derek Bevan. We are always guaranteed a fair and free flowing game with Nigel. Today he referees his 73rd Heineken Cup fixture and a 78th game as a match official. He is only one of two referees ever to be appointed to referee two consecutive Heineken Cup finals: Munster v Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in 2008 and Leicester Tigers v Leinster at Murrayfield in 2009. He also recently refereed his 100th Celtic League game.
This article appeared in the Scarlets program
Given that referees in all sports are verbally and physically abused, why would you take up refereeing? The truth is abuse in rugby is extremely rare and our referees are still held in the highest regard by players and supporters of the game. Obviously it is easy to have a pop at a referee rather than a player. A follically challenged referee friend of mine is often told to ‘Get the hair out of his eyes’. Another colleague was once told that ‘He was missing a great game’. Sure we make mistakes, but doesn’t everyone on the field?
The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for the 2014 Six Nations.
Appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee at its meeting in Dublin and follow a detailed review of recent performances during a busy November international window.
The Six Nations, which kicks off on February 1 and concludes on March 15, will see 11 referees take charge of 15 matches with Nigel Owens, Craig Joubert, Jerome Garces and Steve Walsh being appointed to two matches each.
The referees for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup have been announced.
Nigel Owens will take charge of the clash of Northampton Saints v Leinster in a rematch of the 2011 Heineken Cup Final when the two former winners meet at Franklin’s Gardens in Round 3 .
Heineken Cup: Round 3
Castres Olympique v Ospreys
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ire)
Exeter Chiefs v Toulon
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ire)
This article appeared in the Connacht match program
It was with great sadness that the Leinster Rugby Referee community learnt of the passing of Gerry Maher, our esteemed member and former President on the weekend of October 12th. To his wife Ann, his children, his mother and all his relatives and friends, on behalf of the Association of Referees, Leinster Branch, IRFU, we extend our sincere sympathy at this very sad time.
As a long-standing member, Gerry served our Association with distinction, at all levels and in a wide variety of roles, as Referee, Assessor, Administrator and facilitator of our Annual Seminars – a role in which we all came to admire his great wit and humour, not forgetting his ability to guide us through them in a timely manner.