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National Panel Update – Team Member Update 2018/19 Season

By Web Master

News of Yorkshire refs moving on up with the national panel...


Firstly, many congratulations to Neil Chivers, George Selwood & Matthew Turvey on being promoted to the PGMOT as Referees. All three have worked tremendously hard over the past number of seasons, with Neil being rewarded for his efforts with a GKC appointment at the end of last season. We will see some if not all of them in the National Leagues this season, but are looking forward to seeing them progress into the Professional Game.

At this time of the year, we say goodbye to a few Referees, and leaving us this season are Chris Bennett, who joined the National Panel in 2014, after 4 years Chris is returning to play – we wish him all the success in the future. We also say goodbye Tom Davis, who joined the National Panel in 2009 is retiring, an excellent stint by Tom, and we hope to see him back with us in some capacity in the future. Finally Callum Sharp is leaving us having decided with his Australian finance to relocate to Australia – they both make the move in the next couple of months which will be a fantastic adventure, Callum is looking to continue officiating in Australia. Thank you to all 3 for the service you have provided, and best wishes for the future.

Promoted as Referees onto the National Panel for the 2018/19 season are as follows;

Richard Haughton - Hertfordshire Referees Society & South East Group
Joe James - London Referee Society & South East Group
Andy Wigley - North Midlands Referee Society & Midlands Group
Ben Wilde - London Referee Society & South East Group
Daniel Woods - South Yorkshire Referees Society & North Group.

All five of them proved through the testing phase last season they could cope with the demands of the game at L4 and above, and all five will be an excellent addition to the team. A big thank you must also go to all those who have supported their development to assist them in reaching this stage in the pathway.
Richard will be well known to most for his playing days with Saracens & England 7’s, who also has a very exciting tournament next week – being selected as one of the Referees for the World Cup 7’s being held in San Francisco – congratulations, and we wish you all the best in that competition.

Assistant Referees:

Again, many congratulations to the following on promotion to the PGMOT, Ian Bibey, Peter Brunt, Bill Burton, Nick Marshall, Simon Park on being promoted to the PGMOT as Assistant Referees, whilst all of them operated in some part in the GKC last season, they have all now been fully promoted – congratulations also to those who have supported their development.

Leaving us this season are, Simon Dodd – who has taken an exciting opportunity to teach in the UAE, we wish Simon & Family well in the new venture, but are certain that upon return to the UK in the future we will see him with us again. Andrew Gardner, regrettably after a lengthy spell out injured has had to make the decision to retire, Andrew has been a great team member and it is unfortunate that we won’t see him on the pitch again – hopefully in the near future Andrew can start to pass on his knowledge to the next generation. David Lodge, after 9 years with us is retiring – thank you for the excellent service you have given, and enjoy the next chapter.

We welcome back onto the National Panel both Matthew Daubney & Brian Ravenhill, both very experienced Assistant Referees with plenty of Professional Game experience, both will be a fantastic addition to the team this year – welcome back both.

Promoted as Assistant Referees onto the National Panel for the 2018/19 season are as follows;

Andrew Ashwell – Nott’s, Linc’s and Derby's Referee Society
James Cornell – London Referee Society
Mel Liley – Hertfordshire Referee Society
Adam Nicholas – Devon Referee Society
Carl Walsh – Yorkshire Referee Society
Michael Woods – London Referee Society

Fantastic to welcome all of you onto the National Panel, and we look forward to working with all of you over the coming seasons.


We bid farewell to a couple of long serving members of our workforce, the work they have contributed over a long period of time has benefitted a large number of Match Officials within our pathway – thank you to both for excellent contributions.

Andrew Calvert – having spent 27 years on the National Panel as firstly an Assistant Referee and secondly an AR Coach, Andrew is retiring, 27 years is some stint, and we would like to thank Andrew for the years of work he has put into developing people in the North of England, enjoy the next chapter

Ken Bracewell – having previously been a Referee Manager & Panel referee, Ken rejoined the National Panel in 2008 as a Match Observer, Ken has been an invaluable team member up in the North, and someone whose opinion is held in very high regard, it is sad to see him depart, however Ken will now be able to watch his grandson play more often – best wishes for the future.

We will be welcoming David Guerin onto the National Panel as a Performance Reviewer, David has served the North Group fantastically for a number of years, and will assist us working up in the North of England

Updated 10:49 - 15 Sep 2018 by Web Master

Where next?

4 Yorkie Refs promoted to North RFU referee panel Four referees from the Federation of Yorkshire Referees Societies have been promoted to the North of England panel
*** NEW DATES *** Blowing the whistle next season? - Ref courses in and around Yorkshire There are a couple of England Rugby Referee Award courses in/near Yorkshire in September, follow the links to the RFU Course booking system.


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