WRU Manager of Match Officials Rob Yeman will be joined by former World Cup final referee Derek Bevan at a special press conference to be held in the WREX Suite, Millennium Stadium on Wednesday, 12 January to launch a campaign to tackle the rising problem of abuse of match officials.
Also present will be WRU General Manager Steve Lewis, professional referees Hugh Watkins and Nigel Owens and president of the Welsh Society of Referees Tony Lynch.
The initiative comes at a time when there is growing concern within rugby in Wales, and around the world, regarding abuse of match officials. This has a crippling effect on the recruitment and retention of referees and therefore the game of rugby in Wales.
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.