Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Society – Colours Awarded

Researched and uploaded by Geraint Ashton Jones Oct 2012 amended Nov 2013
Additional Research by Tim Bailey

Unlike players the referees of the Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Society do not get capped but are awarded their colours. To achieve this they must officiate as either referee or assistant referee (touch judge in old money) at the Army v Royal Air Force Senior Inter Service match. One referee, Roger Baileff, also holds the distinction of officiating as a member of the Royal Navy Rugby Union at the Army Navy match(since the time of neutral match officials ~ 1988).  When a member of the Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Society has been awarded their colours their are entitled to wear a tie with the silver inter locking RN moniker of the RNRU defaced with the word referee.

At it's AGM 10 December 2015 the RNRU approved the awarding of colours for those officials who referee or are an AR at the match between the Royal Navy and the Marine National or referee the match between the Royal Navy Women and Marine Nationale Feminines or a UK women's Inter Service match providing they are a L7 referee.  Similarly colours will be awarded to the referee of a UK veteran's Inter Service match providing they are a L6 referee.

Additional information added Nov 2012:

However as has been pointed out by RNRU Life Member and former Secretary of the RNRURS Derek Rowland, Roger’s distinction used to be the norm.  In his own words “The introduction states that colours were awarded to RNRURS referees who had refereed or run touch in the senior RN v Army fixture at Twickenhan. Not quite so! In the days when all officials were unbiased(!), the RN and the Army each provided one touch-judge. In 1976  I was the RN nominee and WO Len Pilling (ARURS &Hants) was the Army nominee; and very smart we looked in blue blazers!”  Derek I am happy to add you correction and the image of Touch Judges (not Assistant Referees) in blazers is one that I still recall from my youth.  Since Derek's correspondence further research has uncovered a number of others who ran touch in the Army Navy match.

The information on this page is taken from various match reports, match programmes, RNRU official minutes and RNRURS information.

This page was lst updated April 2018.

Geraint Ashton Jones - July 2017

Year Name Army v RAF Ref Army v RAF Ass Ref Army v Navy Ass Ref Navy v RAF Ass Ref Other - includes Women and Vets IS
1964 Aldous A R 1964
2018 Aldridge S 2019  2018
1991 Ashton Jones G 1998, 2002, 05, 06 1991-97, 99, 2001
2003 Baileff R 2003, 05, 09, 17 2007-08
2004 Bailey T 2004, 06, 09, 12, 19  2017
1957 Brockman R V 1957 1957
1953 Browne H C CBE DSO 1953
1991 Burns T 1991
2004 Burton P 2004, 12, 14
2008 Coles A 2008,13,15, 17 2016, 17
1986 Cunningham P 1986
1955 Dalglish J S CVO 1955
2001 Denham A 2001
1984 Dent A 1982
1985 Dobson K 1995 1985, 1987
2019 Evans-Jones T 2019
2011 Fairbairn G 2011, 2015 2015, 17
1993 Gribbon A 1993
1997 Harland S 2001, 04, 08 1997, 99, 2000, 02, 03, 07
1989 Hawthorn M 1989 1983
2011 Howells G 2011 2016
2007 Kilby S 2007
2001 Large J 2001
1981 Lawrence M R 1981, 1984 1981
1907 Levick (Sec RNRU) 1907
1958 Lyddon OBE H C 1958 1958
2015 McClement D 2015-17
1948 Osborne L. B. (Sec RNRU) 1948
1982 Parker R
2015 Priestley S 2015, 17, 18
1984 Purnell C R F 1985 1984
1991 Ridland K 1991
1910 Roberts E. W. (Sec RNRU) *+ 1910-1913
1976 Rowland D 1976
2014 Seaton I 2014
2005 Slocombe N 2005
2000 Talbert R 2000
1986 Thomas C 1988, 1992 1987 1986
2018 Turfrey M 2018-19
2002 Watts A 2002, 08
2006 Whelan R 2006
2013 Woolley S 2013,15, 17