2012 Law Amendments

The following Law amendments have been approved for global trial by the IRB Council. The implementation dates are the start of the Northern Hemisphere season at or around September 1st 2012 and the start of the Southern Hemisphere season at or around January 1st 2013.

It is not intended that the a Union should implement the trial Law amendments mid season or mid competition.

Unions will be given the opportunity to provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback on the trials.

The new laws are available here We suggest you read them, practice at home and bring any questions you have to the seminar on August 19th. The duty ref is, as always on hand to answer queries.


Hopefully you are all thinking about starting into your pre-season fitness. Some of you have already started. We have created a new fitness page and added in some exercises, both speed and endurance that Steve Smith presented to the Metro referees during last season. These can be found here. Go out and enjoy them.

IPAS 2012 / 13

Congratulations to Glenn Sheridan (Old Wesley RFC) and David Williams (St Mary’s College RFC) who have been appointed to the IPAS panel for the forthcoming season. We wish them well.