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Paddy O'Brien Talks 7s Refereeing with Paddy O'Brien

Paddy O'Brien Talks 7s Refereeing

Part 1. Paddy O'Brien Talks 7s Refereeing   3:59 Free video

TRS has decided to go straight to the source, Paddy O'Brien head of 7s referees, to clarify the rules, differences and attitudes the referees take. We will be chatting to Paddy over the next two months about how the game is refereed.


Part 2. Paddy O'Brien - 7s Discipline 3:14 Free video

In the 2nd video of this series, Paddy gives us an insight into discipline of the 7s game. Play video

Part 3. Paddy O'Brien - 7s Tackle law 1:39 Free video

This week Paddy O'Brien looks at the 7s primary contact point - the Tackle situation and the laws associated with it. Play video

Part 4. Paddy O'Brien - 7s Ruck Laws 1:57 Free video

In this video, Paddy clearly explains what is a ruck and what referees look for at the ruck. Play video

Part 5. Paddy O'Brien - 7s at the Olympics 2:19 Free video

Paddy sits down with us to discuss how the referees are refereeing the 7s in Rio. Enjoy! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 12:28
Topics Coaches Corner Sevens
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Referees  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Good to see the refs side and understand more of what’s being looked for. Would be great to see some longer vids with footage commentary explaining where the marginal decisions are being made and why. The ref is one of the few people on the field who can make or break a game as an individual. Better understanding of the decisions by refs is always good; a solid appreciation by players and spectators is almost more important! How many times do you see refs take the flack for one poor decision when a team has given away multiple penalties during a game. Scotland / Australia in the World Cup – I don’t recall the ref failing to secure a vital set piece play before the media spotlight landed!


excellent set of videos very well explained. Cheers

New Zealand

Great idea to get Paddy on the site, looking forward to more 7s on the site.

New Zealand

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