Society Referees...

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The Colts League fervently believes in the benefits of games being officiated by a Society Referee with no ties or connections to the Team they are refereeing.

Clubman Referees or Coaches refereeing at their own Club is not ideal - even if it does sometimes solve a problem...  It's just about OK for friendlies - however for competitive Colts League matches it is not satisfactory and should not be acceptable to anyone.

Referees for Colts League games must be an official appointment from the Local Society or Association so there can be no accusations of being a Homer.

Colts Players experiencing Society Referees week-in week-out is of benefit to their development and prepares them for the Senior Game. It can help their Coaches likewise.

The Colts League is fortunate to have been well supported from the outset by our Local Referee Societies from Manchester (M&DRURS), Liverpool (L&DRURS) and other neighbouring Societies

All Teams must join their Local Referee Society.

Colts League Referee Association (CLRA):
The League has established the (CLRA) to assist with appointments of Match Officials when there are Society Referee shortages.

The Referee Protocol Regulations explain how to arrange a Referee appointment for your home games and how you should communicate with the Society and your appointed Referee.

Interested... in becoming a Rugby Union Referee ??
Then Colts League Rugby is the ideal place to start !

to the Referee's Art are always needed... but sometimes potential candidates need prompting.


Anyone who knows a likely suspect someone who may be interested in becoming a Rugby Union Referee - please give them a nudge in the Colts League's direction and advise the Hon' Secretary of their interest. We will then contact them directly... to further explore their potential.

Introduction to Refereeing (15-a-side) Level 2 Courses are organised by the RFU Referee Dep't and are held at various Clubs throughout the season.

Bursary - The costs of attending an RFU Level 2 Referee's Course will be reimbursed by the Colts League to all subsequently active Referees who officiate in the Colts League on a Sunday.

Need Further Information ?...
Contact the Hon' Secretary for details of Referee Courses and information on the Colts League Bursary.

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