Training for new referees
Refereeing continues its path to help rugby develop in Switzerland by offering training for new referees.
On 25 August and 1 September 2019, World Rugby referee educator Rachel Allen-Boyland and Yaann Benoit held courses for future referees, first the LCA courses, followed by the World Rugby Level 1 course. Participants this time were Gregory Schopfer (Geneva Switzers), Donnah Corminboeuf-Clarke and her 16-year-old Alex Clarke (both Monthey), Maxime Despeghel (Union Jura Rugby), Kevin Adams (ERL – had already done WRL1 in April this year) and Jean-Baptiste Destephen (Albaladejo Lausanne – will do WRL1 at a later stage). Whereas the LCA course is to a large extent about the admin ins and outs of refereeing in Switzerland, in a WR Level 1 course participants mostly learn the basic skills. As Rachel explains, this includes “whistle tones, captain's pre-match chat, positioning, signals, typical phases; kick-off and restart, scrum, lineout, tackle, ruck, maul, spirit of the game and safety, advantage and offside in open play.”
A massive thanks goes to Stade Lausanne for hosting the courses in Chavannes-près-Renens. Another big thank you goes to Aurélie Lemouzy for assisting Rachel – and for taking the picture of the participants in the WRL1 course. They are (from left to right): Rachel Allen-Boyland (World Rugby referee educator), Maxime Despeghel, Alex Clarke, Donnah Corminboeuf-Clarke, Gregory Schopfer. Missing from the picture: Kevin Adams (had done WRL1 in March), Jean-Baptiste Destephen (will attend WRL1 at a later stage).
text : Martin Pütter
photo : Aurélie Lemouzy