2016 Law Changes

See a summary of the law changes here: 2016 Law Changes

Referees: Please note the “for Referees” section above. It includes availability, match and disciplinary reports.

Clubs: please note the “for Clubs” and “RRSNY Policy” sections above. You will find links to important information and updates.

Schedules will be posted soon. Please use the Upload feature under Schedules and Assignments

Referee match allocations are in Schedules & Assignments

Schedule of all matches requested for RRSNY coverage Match Request Schedule

Contact information for assigned referees is available in Referee Contacts under the Schedules & assignments heading above

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New Partnership with Ruck Science

Rugby Referees Society of New York Partners with Ruck Science

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New York, New York – Rugby Referees Society of New York (RRSNY) is pleased to announce a new partnership and sponsorship agreement with Ruck Science, provider of world class performance, recovery and lifestyle nutrition products focused on the needs of modern rugby players and now, rugby union referees.

In the coming weeks, Ruck Science branding will be integrated with the RRSNY web, email, and social media presence. Additional benefits of the agreement to RRSNY members will be announced in the near future.

We’re thrilled to be on board with the RRSNY. This is a significant step forward for the Union and us. Since we have not set an end date, the partnership will have room to grow as both organizations build out new products and services for rugby players in New York and beyond.

– Tim Howard, Founder, Ruck Science

For more information on the Ruck Science sponsorship program, their suite of free e-book resources, and range of nutritional products for rugby players: www.ruckscience.com
For more information about the RRSNY, how to become a certified rugby referee, visit the RRSNY website: rugbyrefsny.com

2016 Law Changes



Law 3 – Number of Players

  • 3.5, which addresses the number of players who are capable of playing in the front row, and how their number affects the total number of players a team may use has been re-written for better clarity with no substantive changes.  The part of this section which covers uncontested scrums has been split and now is a separate section (3.6).  All the subsequent sections have been re-numbered.
  • 3.12, which covers substituted players rejoining the match (now re-numbered to 3.14) has had one additional condition added.  In addition to front row replacement, blood injury replacement and (in Elite games with WR permission) temporary replacement for Head Injury Assessment, a substituted player may be used to replace a player who was injured as a result of Foul Play (as verified by the Match Officials).

Law 4 – Player Clothing (Clarification)

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