Game Values

There is concern at the RFU that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of players appealing/questioning decisions and providing general backchat.

Please see the link below to a Slide containing 3 clips.

Clip 1, is of particular interest, as you can see a player ‘waving arms’ on 2 occasions during the first couple of minutes of the match.

Listen carefully to the Referee communication in all 3 clips.

Referees are reminded of the protocol with regards to Game Values and players should expect to see a Zero Tolerance approach on this.

Players should not:

  • Wave their arms during live play – appealing
  • Call for decisions, e.g. ‘holding on’
  • Give the referee backchat following a decision.

The Referee’s process should be simple:

1st occasion – a player will be spoken to, this could be during ‘Live Play’ as in Clip 1.

2nd occasion – the captain will be warned.

3rd occasion – will see a team penalised.

If the incident is serious enough, the player may be penalised on the first occasion.

Comment from Chairman, Paul Daniels: “Player behaviour will not change overnight so it is important that we repeat the message at every pre-match ‘brief’ and also follow the guidance.  Obviously the application of common sense will come in useful – be firm but fair.”

Appealing Update (Sept 2019)

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