Our November meeting was held at Cambridge University RUFC. A number of our referees and advisors attended a session on game values and communication by Michael Patz (@Michael_RFURef), who also helped us at our pre-season meeting in September.
Once again, Michael led an engaging and thought-provoking session which principally focussed on three areas (appealing, challenging and goading) which are adversely affecting the game values across the game from grass roots through to the professional game. This precipitated a wide ranging discussion and suggestions (building on real examples) on how to manage/communicate with players.
All members of the rugby community are also reminded of the serious nature of concussion and are all encouraged to regularly complete the RFU’s HEADCASE online concussion module (Active referees should be completing the module at least once a season). Referees and clubs are also reminded that there is no HIA in any fixture that CUDRRS appoints to.