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Adult Male

Adult Male

The content of this page is primarily for the use of members of the Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees (USRFR: The Society).

This area relates to the administration and support for society members whilst involved in domestic Adult Male rugby.

There were 1,577 male domestic adult games of rugby to end of March 2017 in the season 2016/17, a rise of 6.4% on 2015/16, giving approximately 2,365 man hours of refereeing to about 71,000 man hours of sport.

Specific Playing Rules for Student Sport Ireland league and cup competitions are available here.

For help in location of clubs, view the Club Location Finder.

For help in the contacting of clubs, see below:

List of Club Contacts

Yellow card reports are made via email to the Branch detailing Club, player name (as from team sheet), and type of offence, i.e. Foul play (punch, strike, dangerous) OR Technical (other than foul play): jill.mccullough@ulsterrugby.com

Red card report advice may be viewed by following the link to the DISCIPLINE section.

There is NO Head Injury Assessment (HIA) in domestic rugby.

For guidance in suspected concussion management of a player, view the IRFU Concussion Guide, and the IRFU’s Concussion Advice for Referees.

All significant injuries which may be defined as “in need of hospital treatment” (which includes suspected concussion), must be reported directly by the referee to the branch to ensure player welfare matters.

The only details required for this from the referee will be Club, Player name and injury type, e.g. suspected broken ankle/suspected concussion.

It is the club’s responsibility to complete and return the more comprehensive branch report form to jill.mccullough@ulsterrugby.com

In addition, if a match official has been forced to ensure a player’s welfare by his removal, the referee should report the matter to the Hon. Sec. of the Society, detailing club, player name and level/type of reluctance to comply with directive: hon.sec.usrfr@gmail.com

Clarification from IRFU on front row replacements:

Front Row Cover

Team cards and general information for the Game On initiative introduced for 2019 can be found here:

Game On team card

Game On trial information

Team sheets are required for all fixtures.

Team sheet advice and regulation requirements


Guidance for referees on submitting match results via text, including cancelled or abandoned games can be found here:

Text Return Guide 2019

In the event of selection for a game at Kingspan Stadium please refer and comply to the entry protocols.