Match Officials should:

  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating players.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner during games.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game
  • Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport. Understand the physical and behavioural development of players.
  • Be a positive role model. Set an example, and as such, comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Look to self-improvement e.g. participation in training courses.
  • Recognise that the safety of players is paramount.
  • Explain decisions where appropriate to do so
  • Always penalise foul play.
  • Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow.
  • Show empathy for the age and ability of players.
  • Be consistent and objective.
  • Be familiar with the Good Spectator’s Code and ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately.
  • Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance policies and procedures.
  • Officiate to the rules laid down in the Rugby Continuum and keep themselves updated on rule changes.
  • Check that the home Club or School has provided a qualified first aider, ambulance access has not been obstructed and that appropriate equipment is available along with someone trained in its use before starting play.
  • Before training sessions and matches check that studs and other clothing are in accordance with the IRB Laws of the Game

Version 1 – October 2020