6 Nations – a few views

Pants – I just lost this whole post! Not amused!!


1) Dave Pearson was wrong to recommend a Yellow Card in the Ire v Wales game. Should clearly have been a Red card and, having worked with Dave before and know what an honest guy he is, I’m sure his review will have come to the same conclusion.

2) Steve Walsh has some fans – lots of people landed here yesterday after searching for him and his marital status!

3) Wales deserved the win yesterday although fairly pants game (I was sitting in the North Stand). Thought SW had a good game form where I was sitting, although not sure why he didn’t go back for the penalty he was playing advantage from when the TMO rules no try. Maybe he just forgot, but in any case, based on previous 79 mins, I doubt they’d have done anything productive with the ball.  After all, that would only have created the opportunity for a draw, not an Eng win!

4) Wales, by the skipper’s admission, will have to play better than that when we beat France in a few weeks time. I have a £5 bet on Wales to win the 6 Nations so they better had!!

5) Im going to enjoy me week, especially as my sidekick from work was there supporting the losing side! Ha!


…has it really been so long since I blogged properly! So it would seem. Apologies for the 50 or so of you who seem to drop by every week to see what pearls of wisdom I may have to offer. I’m hoping the twitter feed keeps you entertained at least!!

So what’s been going on in Refblog world? Well life as a 4 person household continues to keep me rather busy, and that darned nuisance that is work doesn’t help either!! Boy boys continue to thrive – just wish the littlest hobo would sleep!! We lucked out in that department again. Hey ho – they’re both fit and healthy and that’s the important thing. Sleep can wait…

And the rugby? My inability to train to the appropr standard has taken its toll but I’ve been trotting about still and am really enjoying the games I’ve been involved in. Have been honing my AR skills at Champ level and then in the middle in Nat 2. The absence of pressure that comes with being in the pro world that is the RFU Championship is great (although I do miss it and want to get back there – I think!!)!! Been a few years since I regularly reffed at this level and it has it’s own challenges. Decided early on not to drop my own standards but to try and encourage the players to play to me. On the whole it’s worked. The main area it hasn’t has been in verbal dissent. It’s evident that some of my colleagues clearly allow the constant appealing and chat from, and between, players. Not banter, but sledging. Not a fan and I try and manage before the game, but sometimes the message doesn’t get across. Learned behaviour and all that. Please guys – just play the game. Fellow refs – please don’t let it get into our game. In the now famous words of Lord Owens of Pontyberem: “This is not soccer”!!

And on that point, the littlest hobo has once again fallen asleep on my shoulder so I’ll leave you to your Sunday.

Happy whistling!!

At the going down of the sun

We will remember them.

And so to us…

…. in 2015. Something to tickle your fancy….

Going to be a big surge in rugby n the next 4 years. And somewhere along the line, someone will realise we need more referees to help the game flourish. Will your Society/Club be ready?

Nice to be back

Had my first run out at Panel level yesterday and, after a ring rusty start, really got to grips with the whole refereeing thing again.

While I’ve missed that Saturday morning/lunchtime trip up the A3/M27, it’s been great to be at home supporting Mrs R and doing normal family stuff, and watching the micro people growing quickly! I guess that’s what you normal people call a “weekend”.

But yesterday, I headed east, along the A27 into sunny (not) Sussex.

Reacquainted myself with my usual front row brief patter, and the good chat and banter that is the AR briefing. Good game ensued, home win secured with BP and the most important thing the losing coach had to discuss was about the use of the technical area. More than happy to listen to his problems if that’s all he had for me…

Not suffering too much this morning, so can’t be that old and out of it! Just got to get cracking with the fitness and get back into tip top shape.

Hope everyone else has had a good start to the season, whether whistling, playing or coaching.

Stay well

Refblog Jnr II

A little remiss of me not to have posted this here formally, but in truly awesome news:


The Refblog family expanded last Saturday and we welcomed Isaac into the world. Weighed in at 7lb 10 and was born here in Refblog Towers at 2205.

All doing really well

Nearly over!

Well, a long season is nearing an end. I’m honoured to have been asked to referee the Sussex Cup Final this weekend, which will be a nice way to end the season. These games are great and always good to be involved in. Will be a lower level than Ive done this year, but the players wont care and my job is to make sure they get the result they all deserve – and as ever, to try and stay away from controversy!

One when that’s done, a new dawn will soon be breaking in the Refblog household. Refblog Jnr II is due to put in an appearance in a few weeks so it’ll be back to less sleep, and trying to do a good job of being a daddy and helping Mrs R! Should be fun! Does mean Im popping this reffing malarkey back in its rightful place down the priority list. Too often, its not – not something Im particularly proud about but they (the Refblog family) are the most important thing. There’ll always be rugby, and matches to referee. But for a while, Ive got more important things to focus on. Looking forward to it and will keep you updated.

For those in play offs, or Cup Finals, or tournaments – Good luck and enjoy!!

More coffee vicar?

One of the National Panel’s institutions is a splendid fellow by the name of Andrew Vertigan. He’s a Yorkshire-based Salvation Army minister and so has a unique view on the refereeing world – although now Ive written that I guess we all have a unique view given that we are all different and come from different backgrounds and occupations. Anyway… Referees come in all sorts and Vicar (as he is known in my phone book) is unique! A good man to catch up with every now and again. One of the shames of what we do is that we very rarely get to meet up with fellow refs/friends to just catch up.  We last bumped into each other when I introduced him to my regular hotel in the SW when I was running touch for him in Plymouth. A fine brekkie I seem to recall – when he’d stopped bleeding all over the table – why arent disposable razors better made!

Anyway, I just stumbled on his new blog – his pearls surrounding the challenges he is on through Lent this year. Well worth a read – here.

I too have given up a few things – chocolate (obviously!) and then crisps. Im nearly a week in and the resolve is holding out despite the efforts of Mrs Refblog who bought a bumper bag of Walkers the other day (other brands are available!) and my own stupidity in that last Monday I opened up a packet of yummy Germany choc squares with Marizpan on them – a fact Id forgotten I’d done when I decided to drop Choc for lent. Careless. They still remain opened on the side in the kitchen. Must take them to work tomorrow!

So if you see him during the next three weeks – offer him water. If you see me, offer me anything as long as it’s not chocolate or crisps!


Well, what an eventful few weeks = sadly not really rugby related.

As you may have gathered from my Twitter feed, the Refblog family have moved home. Well, sort of. We’ve bought and own a new home – we haven’t yet moved into it. Joys of updating a home lived in by others for over 20 years. Let’s just say that our friendly plasterer is being kept in dust sheets for a few months!!

So when we get all that done, it will be a few coats of paint, some new carpets and we’ll be able to move in!

Oh yeah, and I’ve squeezed in a few rugby matches too. Nice to see some new places too. Jersey – what a great place!

With the impending Refblog Jnr II in the offing, I’m not going to be round for the end of the season, so I’m being used as a troublesweeper while my comrades in the Champ refs squad concentrate on the play offs. I’d love to be involved at that level, but with so much going on in the Refblog world, that’s where my focus has to be.  And it wont be long before I need to be careful about how far away from home I go!

Looking forward to being involved in some pressure games of a different sort – with promotion and relegation at stake throughout the leagues, it’s good to have the confidence of my masters to be dropped into these games. Hopefully I can pay off that confidence by staying off radar and out of controversy’s way. That is after all, what we all try and do.

First stop – Daily Mail Cup semi final on Saturday!

Fingers crossed!

6 Nations – referee changes

News from IRB.com:

Changes to Six Nations referee appointments

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 15 February 2011


 Changes to Six Nations referee appointments

George Clancy will now take charge of England v France at Twickenham

The International Rugby Board has been forced to make changes to the match official appointments for the RBS Six Nations owing to a minor knee injury sustained by ARU Referee Steve Walsh.

Walsh, who was due to take charge of England v France at Twickenham on February 26, has been withdrawn to concentrate on his rehabilitation from a knee cartilage injury.

Walsh is now back in full training but will be replaced for the fixture by Ireland’s George Clancy, who will be taking charge of his 16th match since making his international debut in 2006.

With Rugby World Cup 2011 rapidly approaching Walsh will be given a further opportunity of time in the middle during the RBS Six Nations, replacing Ireland’s Alain Rolland, who refereed the opening match in the Championship, for the Scotland v Italy fixture at Murrayfield on March 19