Articles

The Whistle Blower Posted over 5 years ago

Ok, so he’s not a nuclear physicist or a sewage worker, but the rugby referee still has one of the most demanding jobs in the world. A ref needs to be a qualified lawyer. He needs to be a social worker, sorting through a number of personalities on the pitch. He needs to be a fitness freak and an anger management counsellor and a policeman and a pitch inspector. The ref then needs to make split second interpretations of hundreds of laws over and over again during the course of 80 minutes.

At the end of it all, he needs the hide of a rhinoceros as the world becomes a critic.

As you may have seen in one of our recent blogs, players and coaches have strong views about the laws and how they are enforced.

We thought it would be valuable if we gave you a regular opportunity to converse with a top referee. The chance to hear them talk about key areas of the game from a ref’s perspective. And of course the opportunity for you to ask them questions and perhaps learn and seek clarity in key areas of the game.

So coming soon will be The Whistle Blower, a regular feature with a leading referee.

Start thinking about the questions you might like to ask our featured Whistle Blower.

And watch this space for further details on how you can get direct access to the views of a leading referee.

Enter your email address to continue reading

We frequently post interesting articles and comment from our world class content providers so please provide us with your email address and we will notify you when new articles are available.

We'll also get in touch with various news and updates that we think will interest you. We promise to not spam, sell, or otherwise abuse your address (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Comments

comments powered by Disqus

Comments
Topic News & Opinions
Applicable to Coaches  

Related articles

Archive: Wilkinson’s Revolutionary Drop Goal in ‘03

This week we look at what was behind the famous Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the dramatic effect it has had on modern rugby and in particular the last two World Cup campaigns.

Argentina's Perfect Scrum

This week we look at the Argentine scrum that was nearly faultless, against the All Blacks in the recent world cup. From the preliminary ‘set up’ phase, right through to ‘the push’ which concludes the scrum.

Rugby Injuries and Six Nations

Injuries are now a common part of our game, and this year’s Six Nations has been no exception. So as we look forward to the weekend, take a moment to think of those on the side-lines, whose absence could have made all the difference.

Wayne Smith: Mindset of a champion Part 3 of 3

The third and final part of this series, Wayne Smith shares his philosophy on the need for coaches and players to continue to innovate, and think outside the square, – coaching to continue to win. And what’s it’s like to coach the rugby team of a nation who finds it totally unacceptable to lose a game of rugby.

WSU starts off their season with a win

Washington State University Rugby Club won’t play their first game of the season until this weekend, but they have already got a win on the board.

Simon Newkirk, a WSU rugby player and keen member of The Rugby Site completed our survey and was the lucky winner of 12 months’ access for all coaches at the club.