USA Rugby announces open call for new World Rugby Citing Commissioners and training for judicial personnel

USA Rugby is excited to announce an open call for members wishing to become World Rugby Citing Commissioners. The training will be run in partnership with World Rugby and Rugby Americas North (RAN).

All three organizations have identified a need to increase the RAN Citing Commissioner pool that can assist with RAN, USA Rugby and Rugby Canada operated matches, as well as Major League Rugby. Following an open selection process, successful applicants will begin Citing Commissioner training in November 2022 from the RAN Citing Educators, where attendee time commitment is approximately one weekday evening and one weekend day for four weeks.

USA Rugby Director of Training & Education, Jamie McGregor added, “Our partnership with World Rugby and RAN in the disciplinary space is firmly focused around keeping the game as safe as possible for our members and participants. We need a wide range of volunteers from all levels of the game to be trained appropriately to support that goal."

In addition, there will be ancillary training in order to get new World Rugby Citing Commissioner experience before the start of the 2023 Major League Rugby (MLR) season, utilizing 2022 MLR Citing Commissioners and the RAN Citing Educators to review the work of the new World Rugby Citing Commissioners recruits. The new Citing Commissioner time commitment will be approximately one match to be reviewed every two to three weeks for a total of 6 to 8 matches to be reviewed over three to four months, which is subject to change. The process is expected to be completed by February 2023.

Newly trained and approved World Rugby Citing Commissioners may then be selected to act as an MLR Citing Commissioner for the new season that begins in February 2023, and/or as an RAN Citing Commissioner. Any individual in the rugby community is welcome to apply, please see application instructions below. Refereeing or officiating background is not necessarily desired, but knowledge of Law 9 is required.


USA Rugby will also be holding a judicial training weekend in Kansas City in November for selected disciplinary officers from across the country. Having been nominated by their respective communities (Youth & High School, College and Senior Club), these officers will be trained in correct World Rugby judicial procedures by World Rugby and RAN trainers. The aim of the weekend is to support all levels of community rugby with processes to ensure timely, fair, and legitimate disciplinary decisions.