The content of this page is primarily for the use of members of the Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees (USRFR: The Society).
This area relates to the administration and support for society members whilst involved in the Branch Developmental Rugby Program.
The IRFU Ulster Branch Developmental Rugby Program aims to introduce the game and encourage participation across the widest possible range of players in the Province.
Guidance for referees on the rules & regulations of the various versions of the game can be found under Competition Principles below.
Cross Field Sevens (X7) regulations and amended laws may be viewed here:
An explanation of the guiding principles around Adult Age Grade, sometimes called 20 Plus, may be viewed here:
Sunday Blitzes will, in general, follow the established and familiar principles of play, not withstanding our comments around participation in play rather than perfection of performance.
Contact information for IRFU’s Tag Rugby program can be found here:
The generic Regulations Aid for referees may be viewed here:
Yellow card reports are made via email to the Branch detailing Club, player name (as from team sheet), and type of offence, i.e. Foul play (punch, strike, dangerous) OR Technical (other than foul play): firstname.lastname@example.org
Red card report advice may be viewed by following the link to the DISCIPLINE section.
There is NO Head Injury Assessment (HIA) in domestic rugby.
All significant injuries which may be defined as “in need of hospital treatment” (which includes suspected concussion), must be reported directly by the referee to the branch to ensure player welfare matters. The only details required for this from the referee will be Club, Player name and injury type, e.g. suspected broken ankle/suspected concussion. It is the club’s responsibility to complete and return the more comprehensive branch report form to email@example.com
In addition, if a match official has been forced to use Law 3.10 to ensure a player’s welfare by his removal, the referee should report the matter to the Hon. Sec. of the Society, detailing club, player name and level/type of reluctance to comply with directive: firstname.lastname@example.org