SRU Referees


Roy C Smith,

T: 01889 590426, email:
2 Oak road, Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffs, ST14 5HT

Adrian Holmes


Honorary Secretary 
Stephen Bowden
30 Torvale Road, Wightwick, Wolverhampton, WV6 8NL
T: 01902 764854  M: 07815 888806  E:

Honorary Treasurer

Neil Chapman

(M) 07980 300546  (E)

Retention OfficerTBA

Development Officer 

Craig Maxwell-Keys, 23 Broadlands Rise, Lichfield, WS14 9SF

(H) 01543 257794 (M) 07715 424623 (E)

Training Officer
Mark Liddell
2 Galton Drive, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 6PP
T: 0121 358 78974  M: 07941 413548  E:

Appointments Secretary (Mid-week & Weekends)
Steve Barr
Rock Farm, Burton Road, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9NN
T: 01543 432605  M: 07932 791396  E:

Re-Appointments Secretary (Saturday)
Stefan Vickers
55 Mill Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 1DQ
T: 01902 72701  M: 07968 248748  E:

Kevin Cantrill
39 Hunter Avenue, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 9AQ
T: 01543 672737  E:

Sending-off report forms for Staffordshire players MUST be sent to Kevin Cantrill within 48 hours of the sending-off.A copy of the report must also be sent to Steve Bowden.

For non-Staffordshire players the report forms must be sent to THEIR County Disciplinary Secretary with a copy to Steve Bowden



 Law 15 - The Ruck

 The definition of offside lines at the ruck have been changed in order to make them consistent with those at the tackle.


Recent events have brought the definitions of ruck and the creation of offside lines into focus. The references to hindmost foot are no longer reflective of the way the game is played or refereed. To that end all instances of “hindmost foot” should be replaced with “hindmost point of any player”, so as to remove the involvement of the foot as being the thing which dictates the offside line.

So for ruck law 15.4 – Offside at a ruck

Each team has an offside line that runs parallel to the goal line through the ruck participants’ hindmost foot. If that foot is on or behind the goal line, the offside line for that team is the goal line.

New law 9.19 – Lifting in open play

World Rugby has issued a law to the game, which now makes it an offence to fail to bring a player being lifted to the ground safely in open play. This brings open play law into line with lineout lifting and reaffirms player safety measures being taken across the game.

In a formal clarification from the World Rugby Council, Law 9 – Foul Play now has a new section. New law 9.19 has been added:

Law 9.19

In open play, any player may lift or support a player from the same team. Players who support or lift a teammate must lower the player to the ground safely as soon as the ball is won by a player of either team.

Sanction: Free-kick

In real terms, this usually happens at a restart (kick off/22 drop out) when the ball is in open play – but can also happen from normal kicks in open play. The receiving team lifts a player to ensure they gain possession of the ball. This new law means they can’t leave the player in the air in order to ‘create’ a potential collision by the oncoming players – they must bring the player to ground straightaway.

This new law comes into effect immediately and existing laws 9.19 to 9.25 will be renumbered as laws 9.20 to 9.26 respectively.


At a meeting in September 2018, World Rugby’s Rugby Committee determined that certain aspects of foul play law needed to be reinforced by match officials:


High Tackles and Neck contact - Law 9.13 & 9.20

In both the tackle and cleanout as per current law:

A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.

Every time the head or the neck is deliberately grabbed or choked, the offending player runs the risk of receiving a yellow or red card

Head contact and cleanouts around the neck must be penalised.

Match officials have been advised to work together to ensure that foul play is strictly penalised and that player welfare is paramount.