Ulster's rugby referees have joined forces with Friends' School, Lisburn, to support the IRB backed SOS Kitaid, a non profit making charity founded by a rugby mad dad who saw for himself the plight of Romanian youngsters during a school rugby tour to Romania.
SOS simply collects unwanted/outgrown rugby kits from over 400 UK rugby schools/clubs/kit manufacturers and referees' societies.
They then send it, with the help of the IRB, via bona fide country rugby federations to help the development of junior rugby in less advantaged countries by kitting out youngsters.
There are thousands of boys and girls desperate to play rugby but their parents simply cannot afford the kit.
The intention eventually is to have 2000 plus UK schools/clubs on board distributing kit throughout the world whether it be townships in South Africa, emerging countries like India/Chile or inner city rugby in London or Cardiff.
At their recent pre-season course, the Ulster Referees' Society collected 10 bin bags full of shirts, shorts, boots and socks, and there is more to come.
Anyone with unwanted kit can contribute by passing it on to a Rugby referee or by dropping it off at Friends' School.
They will ensure it gets to SOS. Further information can be found at the official website, www.sosirbkitaid.org.
Ulster women lose out
ULSTER went down 42-0 to a strong and well-drilled Munster team in sweltering heat in Fermoy on Saturday.
A series of unforced errors led to Munster getting an unassailable lead in the first half.
Ulster tightened up their defence in the last quarter which limited Munster's scoring but unfortunately the girls in white never looked like scoring themselves.
A few individual performances shone through but overall it was a disappointing display from Ulster.
During the game there were glimpses of what the Ulster performance should have been.
This encourages the Ulster Management that the game against Leinster this Saturday in UUJ could lead to a shock for Leinster. The management and players are under no illusion that there is a lot of hard work to be done between now and then.
Confirmation Of Regulations
ALL coaches and youth convenors should note that there is no change in the current regulations regarding supporting in the lineout at U16 Youth Rugby.
It is still NOT permissible to support (lift) jumpers in the lineout at Under 16 youth rugby.
If you have any queries in regard to this matter please contact Chris Webster, PDM on: 028 9049 3111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Referees Dates Announced
THE Ulster Branch has announced a series of Associate Referees courses to be held at various venues through the province.
Monday 17 Sept 17: Ravenhill, Tuesday 18th Sept: Bangor RFC
Tuesday 25th Sept: Ballyclare RFC
Thursday 27th Sept: Donegal (Venue to TBC)
Tuesday 16th Oct: Dromore RFC (TBC)
Thursday 25th Oct: Monaghan RFC
Tuesday 30th Oct: City of Derry RFC
Monday 12th Nov: Ravenhill
Tuesday 20th Nov: Omagh RFC
Anyone wishing to take part should get in contact with David Wilkinson, Referee Development Officer on: 07799 062 813 or by emailing: email@example.com