Joe Duffy

Monday, June 29th, 2015, started like any other morning for East Penn Rugby referee Joe Duffy until the untamed hand of fate stepped in to alter many lives forever. Joe was on his way to work on Route 73 in NJ. A multi-car accident set off a tragic series of consequences.  Joe received spinal injuries and required surgeries – to this day he remains paralyzed from the waist down.

While no amount

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Fall 2015 Things To Do!

Gang, we are ready for the fall season.  There are items for you to take care of as we get going.

  • Fall Availability - Dates are on the site.  Sign in and update your profile with a large amount of Yes answers
  • CIPP - Due to the backround check procedures instituted last year, you need to CIPP yourself.  You will not be assigned until you are CIPPed as a referee for the EPRRS
  • First Meeting

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Referees at Practice

The EPRRS is more than willing to send a representative to a session for your Club to go over the Law, Management Guidelines, INterpretations, etc.  We could also send a body to do a scrimmage.  If your club is interested, please reach out to Jim Rogers ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to coordinate.

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IMPORTANT: Referee Background Checks

Attention: All referees must undergo background check as part of CIPP Registration
USA Rugby is expanding their background checks to include referees, with that requirement, the bulk registration EPRRS performed in years past is no longer available. Each referee MUST register individually. We will provide a credit for CIPP registration in your annual dues payments. 

USA Rugby: Changes to "Yes 9" Procedure

BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby Rugby Committee voted to adopt the IRB’s newest revision to the ongoing scrum engagement global trial: non-verbal communication to indicate to the scrumhalf when the ball can be placed into the scrum.

Effective March 1 at all college and club matches, referees will discuss in the front-row briefing with scrumhalves how the touching should be accomplished and

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