Knowing the referee signals is to your advantage. It will help you
play well in the game, improve your rugby and win more games.
Learn from the signals
Learn from mistakes.
Whenever the referee detects a breach of the rules
signals are given by the referee
to help players and spectators
understand which rugby rules have been broken
and what mistakes were made.
If the referee
blows the whistle at the same time
it means play must stop.
may be no whistle and
under the rule of advantage.
The referee just gives the signal
and so everone knows what is happening.
It`s useful and sometimes important
to know what the signals mean.
If you were the player making the mistake
(and I doubt that very much!),
make a mental note to correct and improve
that part of your game.
Give away as few penalties as possible -
you`ll win more games.
Always keep facing the opposition
so there are no surprises!
Respect the match official - and show it!
Simply accept the referee's decision.
Only in extremely rare situations
would it be changed!
It`s traditional to respect the match officials decsisions and
show respect by addressing them as "Sir". What you do to with a female
match official - say "Maam"? Sorry it hasn`t happened to me!
Avoid dissent and ill-discipline.
Object to a penalty and you may find the position of the
penalty is moved 10 metres nearer to your goalline. It could increase
the odds of success with a penalty shot at goal. It could cost you the game.
Find out about
the signals on this World Rugby page
be sure you know
the the important signals
but give few of your own.
Keep them guessing
when you learn to sidestep.