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    SRU appoint Tappe Henning as referee mentor

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    SOUTH African Tappe Henning is to take over the education and training of Scottish referees next month after signing a three-year deal to become the SRU’s ‘referee commissioner’.


    The new post was not advertised and came into being after the 52-year-old met with SRU chief executive Mark Dodson earlier this year. Scottish referees have struggled to make an impact in the world game with a succession trying and failing over the past decade to make the breakthrough to the main tournaments. Not since Jim Fleming in the 1990s has Scottish rugby had a respected presence in world refereeing.

    In recent years, the SRU has complained to the IRB about the lack of recognition of Scottish referees at the top level and called for fairer selection for the RBS Six Nations, summer tours and Rugby World Cup, but to no avail.

    Malcolm Changleng was the last Scot to referee a Tier 1 Test match as far back as 2007, while Rob Dickson was the last Scot to referee a Six Nations game, back in 2004. Scotland’s proud history of providing world leading officials sunk to its nadir at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, when, for the first time, no Scottish match official was involved, as a referee, assistant referee or Television Match Official.

    Dodson and SRU representative on the IRB, John Jeffrey, have now decided on a different tack, to bring in an experienced Test official to provide an outsider’s view of refereeing in Scottish rugby and improve the quality.

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    #2
    The SRU should be concentrating on not putting out ****e rugby teams rather than concentrating on not producing ****e referees.
    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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      #3
      Maybe. What about Patterson?
      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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        #4
        Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
        The SRU should be concentrating on not putting out ****e rugby teams rather than concentrating on not producing ****e referees.
        They're trying to do both, finally.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
          Maybe. What about Patterson?
          Patty is a Todger in disguise.
          The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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            #6
            True, I forgot that
            "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

            Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

            Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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              #7
              A really excellent idea, for mine, and one from which we'll all benefit. Remember - we get reffed by this lot. The better they are, the better the league, the better for all of us.
              Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                #8
                what about the red-headed youngster that's a scottish ref, he's fairly decent & has done his time on the IRB 7's series as well as womens & u20s RWC's.
                Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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                  #9
                  Is it Andrew McMenemy you're thinking of LL? Have commented a few times on here before that he seems very competent and assured in the Rabo games at which I've seen him officiate.
                  Tis but a scratch.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mr chips View Post
                    Is it Andrew McMenemy you're thinking of LL? Have commented a few times on here before that he seems very competent and assured in the Rabo games at which I've seen him officiate.
                    yep that's the one .. pretty sure I saw him at IRB 7's tournaments before John Lacey was at any IRB tournaments, bit strange that he doesn't get more rabo fixtures & ERC considering the standard of some of the other ref's who do get those games.
                    Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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                      #11
                      Agree, he really is head & shoulders above the majority of other Rabo refs, but we seem to see a lot less of him than the likes of Hodges/Hennessy & co. In fact never mind the league, it's bizarre how the likes of Poite, Garces, JP Doyle, David Wilkinson et al are ahead of him for HEC (or international) games.
                      Tis but a scratch.

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                        #12
                        Any decent Scottish ref would get a good load of games especially in the knock out rounds of tournaments, should be something for any budding ref to aim for
                        Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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