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Sent on behalf of Alain Roland:
World Rugby High Performance 15s Match Official Manager

As part of our preparations for the upcoming 6 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 2 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.

Please download a summary of the key focus areas in addition to the clips regarding the points raised above.