World Rugby Six Nations 2020 – Match Officials Guidelines

  • February 4, 2020

The following message was sent on sent on behalf of Alain Roland from World Rugby to the RFRU and RFU Referees’ Societies.

It contains a link to a useful summary presentation that is worth taking a look at.

“As part of our preparations for the upcoming Six Nations all the referees were in camp last week. In summary the focus areas remain the same and given the number of head-on-head clashes over the last two months we would like to share with you what we deem is foul play.

There are two areas that we addressed as a group that have not been raised with you before:

1. Scrum half dummying at the breakdown – Free Kick
2. Also, at the breakdown, referee to call “use it” once the ball is available with a view to getting the ball back in play quicker. Once “use it” has been called the scrum half will have up to 5 seconds to play it away and if not there will be a scrum awarded to the opposition.

A summary of the key focus areas, in addition to the clips regarding the points raised above, can be downloaded here. “