In this month’s edition, we take a look at some of the recent developments within the referee society.  Also featured this month, some exciting news regarding our overseas exchange programme and how the new guidelines on dangerous tackles have been handled by our referees in Singapore.

SSRUR 2017 Kit Launch

As we welcome our new kit sponsor, Canterbury, a selection of the referees were selected to take part in the kit launch campaign earlier this month.  David Hope, Eunice Tay, Mary Pringle, Marah Fahmy, Charlie Brown and Darroch Chua were all selected to represent the diversity that the SSRUR boasts amongst it’s members.  These pictures will feature on future campaigns as we look to encourage more referees to get involved in the game.  A special mention to our own referee photographer, David Ash, who is responsible for these very professional looking photos.

Do you want to order SSRUR referee attire?  Get in touch with the society’s Secretary, Mr. Nick Dance to find out more about prices and how to order your very own Society wear at 

Local referee selected for Las Vegas 7s exchange

A fantastic opportunity for one of our top referees.  Abdul Hannan has been selected to take part in the first ever exchange programme between SSRUR and U.S.A. Rugby Referees.  Hannan will be in America for a two week period, being involved in local competitions in addition to training camps in the lead up to the 2017 Las Vegas 7s.  We are confident that Hannan will represent our society with pride and bring back some valuable learning from this experience.


Following on from the success of the recent Level 1 Match Officiating courses, we are delighted to announce that a large number of these newly qualified referees will be involved in the upcoming JRCS League.  As part of an accreditation process, these referees will officiate in the U10-U12 category as they continue to contribute to the growth of junior rugby in Singapore.  These trainee referees will be supported by senior members of the referee society in assisting them in developing a better understanding of officiating.  Our Junior Referees panel will also be involved in the competition as will many of our senior referees.  We wish these new referees the very best of luck for the season.

SSRUR’s approach to the latest guidelines on dangerous tackles

A lot of media attention has been focused on World Rugby’s guidelines on dangerous tackles that were released earlier this year.  In an effort to demonstrate a clear understanding of how referees will interpret these guidelines, the society have been meeting weekly to discuss and identify the triggers for dealing with dangerous tackles.  As a result from these meetings, SSRUR referees agreed that:

-We want to grow the game and ensure that players play fairly and according to the law

-Referees will reward those players who demonstrate an effort to avoid dangerous contact

The SRU Referee manager has more resources available for any member of the Singapore rugby community who is interested in finding out more about dangerous tackles in domestic rugby.  Please contact for more info.


And in other news…

Dates have been confirmed for the SSRUR AGM and End of Season Party

AGM: Wednesday 24th May 2017

End of Season Party: Saturday 27th May 2017

Please make a note in your diary for what is sure to be another fantastic end of season celebration!