Weekly update from


Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest, Southampton & IOW) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile 07764 960384 &


Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Mobile 07912541462


1.       Law Amendments:

A number of minor law amendments, approved and announced in September 2015, come into effect from 1 July having already been implemented in the southern hemisphere since the start of the year. 

The main amendments are:

  • The replacement of a player injured following foul play does not count as one of the allotted number of replacements available to that team
  • Advantage may be played following a scrum collapse if there is no risk to player safety
  • Play acting or “simulation” is specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction
  • Teams must be ready to form a scrum within 30 seconds of the scrum being awarded, unless the referee stops the clock for an injury or another stoppage
  • At a re-set scrum following a 90-degree wheel, the ball is thrown in by the team that previously threw it in rather than the team not in possession
  • The scrum-half of the team not in possession at a scrum may not move into the space between the flanker and number eight
  • When the ball has been at the number eight’s feet in a stationary scrum for 3-5 seconds, the referee will call “use it” and the attacking team must use the ball immediately

In addition, an important maul law application guideline, this has been in place in the southern hemisphere since 1 January, will be enforced in the north from 1 June. Specifically, the ball can be moved backwards hand-to-hand once the maul has formed. A player is not allowed to move or slide to the back of the maul when he is in possession of the ball and the ripper needs to stay in contact with the jumper until they have transferred the ball. Sanction: Penalty

For further information click here for NROP pathway


2.       Hampshire Schools  2016-17 (Yr 7,8 & 9 Boys and Girls):  


To date the following schools have entered.


  All Schools that wish to enter are requested to complete the form found here and send it to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  Initial deadline for entries is Friday 15th July 2016. 


Arnewood School Noadswood School Priestlands School Test Valley School
Ballard School Hounsdown School Ringwood School Testwood Sports College
Bitterne Park School John Hanson community School Ryde School The Westage School
Brookfield Community School Kings School Winchester Romsey School Wyvern College
Cantell School New Forest Academy ST George Catholic College  
Henry Beaufort School Mountbatten School Swanmore College  



3.       New Milton Summer Camp:   

New Milton Rugby Club will run a Summer Rugby Camp at their club ground from Monday 15ththrough to Wednesday 17th August.

This year they have extended the age group from U8-16, also a Rugby Tots camp will be run in tandem.

Please see attached documentation for further information. Information for camp   and Registration form   

Here is a presentation from last camp.


4. Hoburne Bashley in conjunction with New Milton & District RFC presents -



A Charity Dinner with (click here for poster)


GRAHAM ROWNTREE Former England International and Forwards Coach and 

SHANE WILLIAMS Wales and British Lions International to be held at New Milton RFC on Friday 18th November 2016.


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