Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update

Dear NSWRRA Members,

Please find below a message below from President David Marshall in relation to the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

All Just a quick note in regard to the escalating restrictions in the Sydney metro area and the 7 x local council area hotspots and rugby for the weekend.

Clearly the Government position is evolving. Similarly, the position of the Office of Sport in regard to Community Sport is currently being worked through with NSWRU which will allow NSWRU to provide clarity on the Government advice prior to the weekend in regard to our rugby games. 

Some of you may still have concerns over COVID and/or travelling to 1 of the 7 x COVID hotspots – this is OK and we encourage and support all our referees to make decisions in this environment which match their need based on the advice provided. 

Under the circumstances, if you feel you are not able to referee as appointed please reject your appointment notice and provide some information in that rejection that may assist the appointments officers – ie unwilling to referee due to COVID; unwilling to referee in one of the 7 x LCA’s – this will help them re-appoint as the picture becomes clearer towards the end of the week. 

Watch this space! 


David Marshall

President – NSWRRA






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Polo shirt Distribution

The venue for all meetings is Rugby AU Headquarters on Moore Park Rd, Moore Park. Meetings start right on 7pm with the education component complete by 8:30pm.


The association provides finger food/drinks for a post meeting social get-together. We will kick people out at 9:30pm! f you are unable to attend a meeting, similar content will be presented at the Sydney South RRA (1st Wed of month), Sydney West RRA (2nd Thursday of month) and Sydney North RRA (2nd Tuesday of month) education nights. Check their websites/Facebook pages to confirm date, venue and topic.

. The national webinar will be a 20 min clip to start the discussion flowing and will be posted to at the end of the month for review.Association polo tops have arrived and will be distributed at this weeks education night. In order to obtain your polo top you must attend an education night! Polo tops are expected to be worn pre/post game instead of any Rugby Australia polos.

 As always if you have any questions please feel free to get in contact with me.Cheers,Mitch De LorenzoNSWRRA General Member 2020 0448735980



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Rugby Referee Whistle Hygiene

Rugby Referee Whistle Hygiene

As we start a new decade, for referees it is important to ensure that their individual whistle remain in clean and safe condition for reuse. This short review is intended to update our refereeing community on hygiene standards for whistles, particularly with the advent of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) potentially circulating within the global community. Some background on whistle contamination. Firstly, most of the germs on and within the whistle will be your own. However, where the whistle is not regularly cleaned, then saliva, skin cells, bacteria and fungi, can and will accumulate both within the mouth piece and also within the whistle chamber. The best way to remove this biological soiling is to regularly clean and sanitise the whistle as indicated below:

    Cleaning the whistle:

A.    Make sure that the whistle is attached via a string or cord or another lanyard;

B.    Immerse the entire whistle into a warm soapy solution (normal, manual dishwashing solutions are absolutely ok for this use). The temperature of the solution should not be hot (30C is ideal, but you don’t need a thermometer);

C.    Get a new soft bristled toothbrush and gently rub around and into the inside of the mouth piece, and also the whistle air window (where the air comes out);

D.    This cleaning should be done for at least 30 seconds;

E.    Then rinse off the soapy solution under running cold water.

Sanitising the whistle

A.    Boil some water and whilst holding the whistle using a pair of tongs (so you don’t burn your hand or fingers), pour the boiling water over and into the whistle;

B.    You should pour the water gently over the whistle for at least 15 seconds if possible.

Drying the whistle

A.     Hang the whistle using the lanyard over a piece of disposable paper for at least an hour or so and allow to dry.

The goal of the process is two-fold. Firstly, cleaning and sanitising the whistle will remove biological material and existing micro-organisms that can build up and lead to unpleasant odour, unpleasant taste, and possibly lead to oral infections. Secondly, your whistle will last longer.

Greg S Whiteley

PhD, M Safety Sc, B App Sc, Dip AICD

About Greg Whiteley

Dr Greg Whiteley is the Chairman of Whiteley Corporation and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Whiteley Corporation is the Australia’s largest manufacturer of medical grade cleaning, disinfecting and sterilisation technologies with a TGA approved plant in the Hunter Region. Greg Whiteley is a representative on the National Infection Control Committee for the Australian Dental Association, and a former member of the Australian Standards Committee [HE023], covering AS/NZS 4187 and AS/NZS 4815 (Reprocessing of reusable medical devices). He is a Fellow of Environmental Health Australia and a Member of the Australian Society of Microbiology.

He is also a 300+ game veteran referee for NSW Rugby Referees Association.