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.

The coming 20/21 season will be different. The difficulties around playing sport whilst mitigating risk during the ongoing health crisis is well recognised.

Ulster Rugby is striving to continue its growth in recent years were 1,577 male domestic adult games of rugby where played, giving approximately 2,365 man hours of refereeing to about 71,000 man hours of sport.

Referee Regulations Aid 2021-22

Ulster Branch adult male competition regulations

For the new club academy cup competition please review the Rules and Guidelines for the Club Academy Competition 2021/22 here.

If, at the end of full-time in the Club Academy Cup, scores are tied, the winner will be determined by applying the following criteria in the order set out below:

(i)                  The most tries scored in the game;

(ii)                (ii) The first try scored in the game;

(iii)               (iii) The first score in the game

(iv)               (iv) The toss of a coin.

There will be no extra time and no replays.

Squad of 22 using the u19 law variation.

Male competition rules & regs for Student Sport Ireland may be found here

Female competition rules & regs for Student Sport Ireland may be found 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 the web form here 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):

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.

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 may be actioned by the use of the form found here

It is the club’s responsibility to complete and return the more comprehensive branch report form to

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:

Law 3.17 applies to adult rugby.

Man off Rule Guidance

Global law trials Q&A may be found here

Clarification from IRFU on front row replacements:

Front Row Cover

Law 3.17 applies to adult rugby

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 2021

People on UK Phone Networks can send to +447950081489

People on ROI Phone Networks can send to + 353877010485

In the event of selection for a game at Kingspan Stadium officials will be informed of protocols in advance by IRFU or event organisers.

Club partners