Monday, August 25, 2008




Pete Smith has been named to the USA Rugby Referee National Panel. Congratulations to Pete for the results of years of hard work.

With Paul Bretz already on the Panel, there are now not only two Pelicans but also two Seahawks!

Bruce Carter has been elected Chairman of the Referee and Laws Committee of USA Rugby. This three year-office was most recently held by John McConnell of Texas. The Referee & Laws Committee, as it styles itself, has the following mission statement:

“The Referees & Laws (R&L) Committee shall exercise strong leadership within USA Rugby, committed to the recruitment, retention and development of referees, referee coaches, and other match officials for all levels of rugby being played under the auspices of USA Rugby. By providing its membership opportunities to contribute and excel, the R&L Committee shall ensure that referees or other match officials are available who meet or exceed the requirements of USA Rugby to make Rugby the best experience in American sports.”

Northern California rugby has always produced and attracted people of great accomplishments who were giving of their time, energy and expertise, leading to a continuing improvement in the playing, refereeing and administration of our game. It is a cause for regional pride when NCRFU players succeed to the Grizzlies or the Eagles and no less so when our referees and administrators are recognized for their achievements by being given challenging roles on bigger stages.


We could still use some more referees for the tournament at the end of October. Please check your availability for a Friday-Saturday tournament, October 24-25. Scriptoris will be making the flight and would like some company...

If you know of any referees from other societies who might like to go, please forward this notice to them. The Hawaii Harlequins will pay for our hotel and we won't need a car - cash in some miles or find a bargain fare! The rooms will be available free of charge for five nights.

Pete and Leah
This picture of Pete and Leah is from a few years ago, but we reckon it’s been all smiles around the Smith household lately!


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Pelicus Scriptoris