Sunday, 7 August 2016

Would you like to referee?

Dorset & Wilts Society of Rugby Football Union Referees

Have you ever thought about being a Referee?


I have been tasked by the Society to run an initiative running to the end of 2016 to liaise with anyone who may be interested in becoming a referee.


I am particularly interested in potential female referees and young referees from the age of 14.  Although my remit it is not limited to these two groups it is open to anyone with an interest and any level be it youth, club or society.

Many people may feel that refereeing can be a daunting and intimidating experience so I would like the opportunity to allay those fears, answer any questions, talk about your own ambitions, formal training courses, how the society works and what support is available.

Please get in touch by phone or email. We can meet up for a very informal chat over a coffee or beer. Meet at a game where I’m officiating and experience the game from inside the referee’s perspective.
Please note that for safeguarding reasons any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult when I meet them.

Contact Details
John Read
Mobile      07837444426


Monday, 1 August 2016

Refereeing the 15 a side game-Swanage & Wareham RFC Sept 2016

Swanage and Wareham RFC are hosting a refereeing the 15 a side game course on Sunday 18th September and Sunday 25th September (both days) between 0900 - 5.00pm

The cost is £50 and there are some prerequisites for the course;

  • Aged over 14 on day 1 of the course
  • All sessions must be attended
  • Have completed World Rugby (IRB) online Rugby Ready Course prior to the course start date
  • Have completed World Rugby (IRB) online Laws prior to the course start date
  • Have completed RFU online Concussion Education Course prior to the course start date

bookings can be made here

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dorset & Wilts Mini & Youth Coaching Conference 21st August

This years D&W coaching conference will be held at North Dorset RFC on Sunday 21st August from 0930 till 1600. There is a choice of CPD's for the morning of either;

Continuity in the 15 a side game
Kids First Refereeing Children
In the Afternoon we have a choice of five CPD's;

Kids First Tag under 8's
Kids First Refereeing Children
Kids First under 10's Rugby
Kids First under 12's Rugby
Kids First under 13's Rugby (covering the new Rules of Play)
All bookings via the RFU online System price is £5 per CPD

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

GMS Spring Clean Update – 12 July

     ·        650 clubs taken part in the GMS Spring Clean so far
     ·        Clubs still have until 1 August to return their spreadsheet
     ·        Step-by-step guide and videos at
     ·        Here’s how clubs in your CB are doing:

Dorset & Wilts: 58% completed

Lytchett Minster RFC
Bournemouth RFC
Corsham RFC
Supermarine RFC
Swindon College Old Boys RFC
Blandford RFC
Trowbridge RFC
Royal Wootton Bassett RFC
Weymouth & Portland RFC
Bridport RFC
Calne RFC
Poole RFC
Devizes RFC
Bradford-on-Avon RFC
Salisbury RFC
Sutton Benger RFC
Cricklade RFC
Chippenham RFC
Oakmeadians RFC
Wimborne RFC
North Dorset RFC

Spreadsheet downloaded but not returned (clubs to complete and upload)
Minety RFC
Swindon RFC
Warminster RFC
Puddletown RFC
Sherborne RFC
Swanage & Wareham RFC
Westbury RFC
Marlborough RFC

Data Officer named, but spreadsheet not downloaded (download spreadsheet and begin cleaning up membership data)
East Dorset RFC

NO Data Officer named (visit Golden Roles to assign a Data Officer)
Pewsey Vale RFC
Melksham RFC
Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew RFC
Dorchester RFC
Dinton RFC
Colerne RFC

Annual General Meeting - 6 July, 2016 by Idris Martin

The President, John Constable, was attended by 34 representatives and members of the Dorset & Wilts. RFU and there were apologies from 12 others.  Proceedings began with the presentation of a cheque for £1000 to Lt Col Bill Common and volunteer Publicity Officer Paul Whittle of the SSAFA charity.  SSAFA supports serving personnel, veterans and their families every day and is the RFU’s nominated charity for 2016-17.

Having accepted the Minutes of the previous AGM, the meeting then moved on to the Officers’ operational and financial reports (full copies of which are available from Hon Gen Sec, Nick Dark, on request) for the past season.  After that, the following were elected for the coming season

President - John Constable [Swanage & Wareham]
Deputy President - Stuart Murrow [Chippenham]
Hon. Secretary - Nick Dark [Devizes]
Hon. Treasurer - John Palmer [Dorchester]

Nicola Wallace-Walton was leaving her roles as one of the Club Representatives for Dorset and as the Dorset & Wilts RFU Marketing Manager following this meeting.  Nicola is returning to her club Oakmeadians to carry on her good work there.  Nicola was presented with a bunch of flowers by Dorset & Wilts RFU President John Constable as a thank you for all her work for Dorset & Wilts RFU on for the RFU Lead-up and Legacy initiatives.

Dorset Club Representatives elected:            
Dave Harris [Dorchester]
Justin Frampton [Blandford]
Chris Davis [Weymouth & Portland]
Don Lynaghan [East Dorset] agreed to become the fourth clubs representative for Dorset next season.  As this had come after the date for nominations had closed, he would be co-opted by the Dorset & Wilts RFU Council at their next meeting, which is on 19 July, 2016.

Wiltshire Club Representatives elected:
Alistair Morrison [Trowbridge]
David Dove [Salisbury]
Richard Bourne [Salisbury]
Greg Ayliffe [Chippenham] agreed to become the fourth clubs representative for Wiltshire next season.  As this had come after the date for nominations had closed, he would be co-opted by the Dorset & Wilts RFU Council at their next meeting, which is on 19 July, 2016. 

Chairman of Governance: Arthur Bowden [Past President]

Chair of Disciplinary Panel: Philip Kennedy [Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew]

Joint Chairs of Club Development: Alan Ottaway and Gerald Burden

Chair of Rugby Development: George McElroy

Chair of Competitions: Clive Drake [N Dorset]

J Bentley - R Erven - O George - D George - D Lamont - G McElroy - B G Smith - R Lloyd - were all elected as new Vice Presidents

The meeting resolved [1] to change the financial year-end date to 30 June and [2] to disapply the statutory provisions relating to the appointment of Auditors.

Awards and Presentations

Richard Shore (right) from the Dorset & Wilts. Referees Society presented the Bob Stock Trophy to Chris Elias of Royal Wootton Bassett RFC.

Dave Wookey (left) presented Tracy Goffick and Simon Lucas of Trowbridge RFC with the Spirit of Rugby award for their work with the clubs u13s and u14s.

The President presented Doug Warren of Bournemouth Rugby Club with the D&W 2(S) winners shield for the club’s second xv.

The President presented Pewsey Vale’s Mick Haynes with the D&W2(N) winners’ shield.

The President presented the D&W3(S) shield to James Cook for Dorset Dockers 2XV.

The President presented the D&W 4 shield to Weymouth & Portland RFC 2XV captain Tom Mote.

The President presented Carrie Needham of Westbury RFC with a Shield and a Diploma for completing the Leadership Academy course.

Finally Arthur Bowden presented the Bowden-Wildash Salver to volunteer of the year, Chris Elias of Royal Wootton Bassett RFC.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Help the CRISP Project

Dr Simon Roberts runs the Community Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention project (CRISP) through a team at the University of Bath and funded by the RFU as part of the RugbySafe research strand.  More information about the Project and links to their publications can be found on their Project web pages: (
For the last 7 seasons they have worked with staff at a large number of English community clubs (levels 3-9) to draw together information on the injuries occurring in men's senior teams at this level.  They are continuing injury data collection again for season 2016-17 and are looking for contacts with community club staff (mainly those who are responsible player injury management) to spread the word of their Project - aiming to recruit teams by mid-August so that they are ready for the start of the season.
Please contact Dr Simon Roberts on: 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Women and Girls’ Rugby

The CB has appointed Dave Edwards as Chair of the Women and Girls’ Player Development Committee to help coordi-nate the Women and Girls game in Dorset and Wiltshire.  Dave moved from Maidenhead, Berkshire last year to Market Lavington, near Devizes, and has been involved in the women and girls’ game for 15 y as a Coach, Manager and in Club and CB administration.  He also currently sits on the Technical Advisory Group for Women and Girls’ rugby which is an RFU national committee reporting to the RFU board with responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations for the rules of play and competitions’ structure in the Women and Girls game.


“I am pleased to be involved in the Women and Girls game in my new Wiltshire home and I am excited that the CB has agreed to support the re-introduction of Ladies CB rugby starting from the 2016/17 with a development season.  We are in the process of recruiting the coaches and managers to deliver the programme which should be very attractive for club players who either want to progress to higher level rugby or simply want to develop their skills for their club rugby”.

“The CB will also be helping to build on the successes of the U15 and U18 squads where sides have been entered into CB competitions for several years.  Over the years, I’ve seen Dorset & Wilts at CB competitions as an “opposing” coach!  There is clearly some real talent there and the girls as enthusiastic as players everywhere. Hopefully, we will be able to develop the playing opportunities for the girls at both club and CB level.  

Interviews for CB coaches and man-agers will be held very shortly.  Longer term, we hope to build a framework that allows girl players to transfer from school to club or from mini (mixed gender) rugby to all girls sides and then to progress through the club during their teenage years into adult rugby".

If you have any ideas, comments or would like to discuss your club needs with Dave:
Mobile: 07531 782941 e mail: