As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at the major successes in our Training and Education programme and the growth within the Society. Also in this edition, the latest from World Rugby on the upcoming changes to the laws of the game and a preview of some of the exciting events coming up in 2018.
2017 Referee Courses and Referee Recruitment
In 2017, Singapore Rugby ran a total of four Level 1 Match Officiating Courses, in addition to a Level 2 Match Officiating and Level 1 Coach of Match Officials courses. The total number of participants on these various events was a staggering 100 participants. As rugby continues to grow in popularity in Singapore, these courses have continued to support the ongoing work by SSRUR and Singapore Rugby to educate the wider community about the role of the referee and the laws of the game. A massive thank you to our World Rugby Educators: Azhar Yusof, Douglas Danapal, Sumadi Sarkawi, Charlie Brown, Chris Galea and Khairul Hilmi for their tireless commitment and dedication to ensuring a high quality training programme is maintained.
As a result of these courses, SSRUR has continued to grow in its number of active referees in Singapore. From the courses in 2017, 25 participants joined the Society and have been actively involved in the Junior Rugby events taking place throughout the year. With the accreditation process ensuring that quality is maintained, 16 referees graduated to accredited referee status this year and are working hard to improve in their ability to officiate at higher level games. Congratulations to all of our new members and wishing you the very best of luck in your refereeing career in 2018!
World Rugby have released an announcement that a Simplified Law Book will be implemented from 1st January 2018. To view a draft version of this, and the other alterations planned by WR, please click here.
Looking ahead to 2018…
There are still plenty of exciting events to look forward to in 2018. Some key dates for your diary below…
Saturday 27th January– Start of 2018 JRCS League (proposed)
Saturday 3rd March– Premiership Final & Sunwolves vs Rebels at Singapore National Stadium
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April– HSBC Sevens World Series at Singapore National Stadium
Saturday 30th June– Sunwolves vs Bulls at Singapore National Stadium
And much, much more!