NLD Referee Promoted to the PGMOT

Photo of Andy Ashwell

The society is thrilled to share the news that Andy Ashwell has been promoted to the Professional Game Match Official Team (PGMOT) as an Assistant Referee (AR). Having been officiating in the National League Match Official Team (NLMOT) for some time, Andy has been assessed several times in Championship rugby over the last year. His performances have earned him a promotion to the PGMOT, meaning many more appointments to the professional game in the New Year. Seven of Andy’s teammates from the NLMOT have also been promoted, either as referees or ARs.

Photo of Andy Ashwell, explaining his point to the membership at a recent training meeting.

Away from the dizzy heights of the professional game, Andy is on the society’s Management Committee as Chair of Appointments- an important but time consuming role. He sacrifices so much time and effort for the good of the game at all levels and the society would like to congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion.

NLDRFU Monthly Awards

NLDRFU are awarding a Team of the Month and Volunteer of the Month this season. The award is sponsored by O’Neills and NLD Refs would encourage all members to get involved and vote each month. Given that we generally visit a large number of clubs each month, we’re in an excellent position to contribute towards the nominations.

Has a team displayed a great example of rugby’s core values? Has a volunteer made a particularly positive impact on the community? Click on the links above to find out more about each award.

Allianz Cup Appointment for NLD Ref

Sam right on the spot to award a Gloucester-Hartpury try.
DMP Sharks vs Gloucester Hartpury

NLD Refs member Sam Yates ticked off another milestone in his refereeing progress at the weekend when he refereed DMP Sharks vs Gloucester-Hartpury in the Allianz Cup. Everyone at NLD Refs would like to congratulate Sam on an excellent match, we look forward to watching his continued progression!

Sam watching carefully at the breakdown.
DMP Sharks vs Gloucester Hartpury
Jasmine Hazell carrying the ball for DMP Sharks as Sam watches in the background.
DMP Sharks vs Gloucester Hartpury

Fixtures on 10th-11th Sept

A statement on this weekend’s fixtures from the RFU can be found here.

NLD Refs would request that all clubs inform their official/s of any changes as soon as practical. NLD Refs members should get in touch with the appointments team or a member of the committee should they have any concerns regarding their fixture.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Everyone at NLD Refs is saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below is a statement from the RFU which reflects our thoughts at this time.

“On behalf of the rugby union community in England, all at the Rugby Football Union are very saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and offer our condolences to the whole Royal Family at this time.”

NLD Referee Development Day

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

Members of NLD Refs gathered at Nottingham RFC for a pre-season training and development day on Saturday.

The day started with the Bronco fitness test and some excellent efforts from our referees with many achieving the target time for a level or two above their current grading and one even smashing the target for the RFU’s Professional Game Match Official Team.

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

Three teams of four match officials were selected to officiate in the NLD Cup Finals Day fixtures which provided the remaining members with the opportunity to watch some live rugby and consider the varying challenges faced when refereeing at three different levels of the game.

Our members also used the live rugby to discuss the RFU’s principles of SELL (Safety, Enjoyment and Equity, Learning and Laws) and core values, TREDS (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship) which form significant parts of any referee training.

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

The three finals were all hard-fought and entertaining matches, well done to all participants!

NLD Refs is always open to new members. Join us here.

Jamie Egan RIP

Photo of Jamie Eagan.
Jamie Egan RIP

It is with great sadness that the society wishes to inform you of the death of Jamie Egan. He was a member of the society until he gave up refereeing due to an illness but had spoken about returning this season.

He had played for Gainsbough rugby club then became a minis coach before taking up the whistle.

His funeral will take place at Rotherham crematorium at 12.30pm Thursday September 1st. The family have requested no black suits but colourful clothes.