Jaco Peyper has a Sense of Humour

Jaco Peyper is not my favourite referee by any stretch of the imagination, but he has me chuckling today.

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Pre-season Paining

With rugby season just around the corner, pre season paining training (for us referees) has just begun. Judging by my general lack of fitness, I should have started months ago. Yet with 10 weeks to go until Round 1, not all hope is lost for moderate levels of fitness come season proper.

Fitness training, as a group of referees, has not always been a thing in our association. It is a ‘new’ initiative of our executive this year. I’m pleased to run around with the other referees and help each other to work on our general fitness. But the primary benefit for training, in my view, is not the fitness. Continue reading “Pre-season Paining”

When Trying to Help Actually Hurts

Concussion is serious business.

The Australian Sports commission says;

“There is growing concern in Australia and internationally about the incidence of sport-related concussion and potential health ramifications for athletes.”

This concern is not a local issue, but is being tackled head on by organisations around the world. In a balance between trying to avoid liability and actually looking after player welfare, The Rugby Football Union (England’s version of Rugby Australia) has implemented a trial to lower the height of tackles. Continue reading “When Trying to Help Actually Hurts”