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Chairman’s introduction, 2019/20

Once again welcome to a new season of officiating with Dorset & Wilts Society of Rugby Union Referees. As ever at this time of year, clubs are preparing for the season ahead and many of you will already be appointed to friendlies and the first few weeks of serious rugby.

I’ve no doubt, more friendlies will be appearing on the calendar in the next week or so.
Also, as you’ll all be aware of is another World Cup year, the tournament taking place between 20th Sept and 2nd Nov, though at present nothing has been confirmed with variations of KO times for our own games, one would suspect that there may be alternate KO times or even evening games to fit in with the tournament schedule.

Please help our appointers, by putting in your availability early.

From last season we have lost a number of referees through work commitments away from the two Counties, but invariably as the world goes round some new faces will be coming in to join us. All will be most welcome.

There have been a few changes on your Committee and a couple of roles to be finalised. I would like to thank Richard Shore for his time as Vice Chair and we look to be filling that role and the Secretary’s role in the near future, as unfortunately Dr Vicky Muir is working all over Europe and time is her enemy as far as Rugby is concerned, she will be missed on Committee Evenings.
Stew Kilby has taken over the Training Officer’s job, he will be arranging training evenings on varying topics and utilising the skills of some of the other trainers within the society. Do keep an eye on WTR & Facebook for updates on training evenings and locations. We are also planning to get more use out of our Camera to see you all in action and Stew will be working with Dave Allan to produce some feedback evenings.

I hope you all enjoy your refereeing this season and the Coaches & Developers keep warm & dry on the touchlines.

Many thanks for all of your time

Denis Nolan

Chairman D&WSRFUR

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CHAIRMAN

Denis started playing rugby at Swanage and Wareham, with their Colts team at the time age 15, had great fun and a number of them made the D&W Colts side only losing one game out of 8 in two seasons. He then moved in to the senior Swans side till 1980, when he left the area and moved to London. In London he played for Askeans RFC. and Various midweek Police teams and finished playing at Vigo RFC in Kent a really friendly village club. He started refereeing in Berkshire in 1994 as he had just moved there and it was about the right age to consider stop playing. Unfortunately due to knee problems he gave up reffing in 2003 so started assessing for Sussex and held the role of Exchange Secretary, introducing the L9 & L10 exchanges with D&W which are still going today. Denis is the chairman of the Dorset and Wilts Refs Society committee. Denis Nolan

Chairman

FIXTURES/APPOINTMENT SECRETARY
Damian started playing rugby at school as a full back come center. He had a break from playing between 1987 and 1990 when he started playing hooker for his unit side. He stopped playing in 1996 due to concussion. He started refereeing in 2006 having taken the National Foundation in Aldershot via the Army having always wanted to do it when he stopped playing.

He joined the Dorset and Wilts Refs Society committee during the 2013/14 season. The fixtures secretary of the time was standing down, so just volunteered. A couple of seasons later Damian started doing re-appointing along with a number of other willing volunteers, then for the 2016/17 season took on the appointments) and the Who’s the ref administrator roles
Damian is an avid Leicester Tigers fan, mainly due to former school pupil being Dusty Hare. Damian Dix

Fixtures /Appointment Secretary

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