World Rugby Officiating : The home of Rugby officiating on the web : Match Observation Programme
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Introduction

Officials are not considered to be outsiders in Rugby. They are an integral part of the Game.
The rapport that exists between officials and coach, officials and players, and officials and spectators is visible to all.
Match officials use their knowledge and skills to observe the game situation in front of them, analyse the players’ actions, and decide if play should continue or be stopped. In the officiating process, the referee has to observe play, analyse what is going on and decide what action is required. Match officials follow three priorities providing equal opportunities for both teams.