World Rugby Officiating : The home of Rugby officiating on the web : Introduction to Match Officiating (Pre-L1)
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Role of the Referee

For the novice official, the Laws of the Game mirror the complexity of rugby and cover so many details that it is a challenge to remain focussed on the simplicity of the basic principles of the Game.

The questions arising are fundamental to the understanding of the game of rugby and remain equally important at a grass roots level through to highest levels of officiating:

  • why can continuity stop?
  • which Laws do we use to referee continuity?
  • what is the role of the referee?

Match Officials are an integral part of the game. The modern game asks match officials to be able to encapsulate the demands of athletic performance and the execution of fair and unbiased officiating.