1. Assistant referees can assist the the referee in any way he requires.

2. Head and shoulders can be below hips in a Maul

3. A Maul can be defended by pulling down a player with a tackle between the shoulders and hips

4. If a team puts the ball bac inside its 22m line the ball may NOT be kicked directly into touch.

5. A quick throw in may be straight OR towards the throwing team's goal line

6. No restriction on the no. of players from either team participating in the line-out

7. The receiver at lineout ( who receives a pass or tap down from those participating in the lineout) must stand 2m away from the lineout.

8. Line out players may pre-grip jumpers

9. Lifting of lineout players is permitted after the ball leaves the thrower's hands

10. During a scrum the offside line for players except the scrum half and those participating in the scrum is 5m behind the hindmost foot

11. Opposing scrum half's offside line remains behind the ball or hindmost foot of last player on his side - he may not recross the offside line. If the Scrum half drops behind the 5m offside line he may not re-cross it.

12. Corner posts are no longer touch-in-goal unless the ball is grounded against the corner post.

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Principles of Coaching:

The Club has adopted the following principles for coaching and refereeing the game of rugby union.


  • Panda (Under 7 and 8)
  • Tiger (Under 9 and 10)
  • Dragon (Under 11 and 12)


  • To provide an introduction to the principles of the game of rugby union.
  • To provide an introduction to skills at a pace appropriate to their age and physical development.
  • To provide an equal opportunity to participate irrespective of size, body shape or ability
  • To provide an introduction to the basic skills and understanding of set plays through the modified scrum, maul and lineout situations.
  • To ensure that sportsmanship and fair play are positively rewarded
  • To provide at all times a safe environment in which to learn the game of rugby


  • Panda Rugby is a simple, non-tackling introduction to the game that concentrates on passing, catching and running skills.
  • Tiger Rugby continues the theme of free flowing, running and passing rugby action. It also introduces the young player to the elements of tackle, continuity, ruck and maul.
  • Dragon Rugby is designed to provide an introduction to the tactical principles of rugby. The main four issues are 'Go Forward, Pressure, Support and Continuity'
  • The concept of positive reinforcement cannot be over- emphasised.
  • Satisfaction should be gained from participation, improvement and competitive performance without emphasis on win at all costs.
  • Coaches must ensure that the skills of the game are correctly taught and it is vital that each and every player receives the same opportunity to develop.


  • A purely technical interpretation of the laws of rugby is contrary to the spirit of the game.
  • Referees should adopt an encouraging and educatiional, rather than punitive, whistle-happy approach.
  • Dangerous play should be quickly and firmly dealt with, but again the emphasis should be on the educational approach.


  • Keep it simple, free-flowing and enjoyable.
  • Let players develop skills with safety.
  • Adopt an educational approach with positive re-inforcement.
  • Ensure players receive an equal opportunity to participate.
  • Discourage dangerous play and poor sportsmanship