Bondi Tens Rugby Championship


The Referees

Referees are common characteristics of most games that are charged with enforcing the rules of the game and coordinating the players during the game. The referees may also impose sanctions on erring players. There is a maximum of three referees in all rugby games- a referee and two touch judges (assistant referees). In exceptional cases, the officials may exceed three.

The role of referees in rugby games cannot be over-emphasised, especially regarding pre-tournament decision making. Initially, the teams’ captains acted in this capacity but often resulted in frictions. For instance, the advantage law emanated from the practice because all captains arbitrate for their selfish benefits.

Like other games, rugby referees make use of various monitoring tools which are

Red and Yellow Card

There are two cards usually raised by the referees during games as communication- the red card and the yellow card.

The red card signifies expulsion. After a couple of warnings, if a player violates any rule one more time, he or she would be expelled from the playing ground. The referee holds the red card aloft in the player’s direction. However, its usage is not compulsory in Rugby, and a mere finger may be pointed as a sign of expulsion.

On the other hand, the yellow card signifies suspension, expulsion for a limited period of not more than ten minutes. As with the red card, a referee doesn’t need to use the yellow card.

Often, the cards are not used in local games.


The touch judges or the referee carries the flag. The flag is a means of communication to the referee, audience or the players. The flag’s function depends on the holder; for instance, it means a kick is unsuccessful where the assistant judges touch the flag down.


A referee uses a watch to keep track of time. A round may take as long as forty minutes divided into half time. The referee is responsible for signalling the half time where there are no timekeepers.

Score Card

One of the duties of a referee is the recording of scores. He records points alongside other officials to confirm the accuracy of the scoring.


All referees own a whistle. It is one of the instruments that helps the spectators identify the referee.

Also, Referees are given uniforms distinctive from that of the players for easy identification on the field.

Referees perform a various function before, during and after each match. These functions include:

Field Examination

The referees examine the fields ahead of the game to guarantee the players’ safety and the entire participating audience.

Players' Routine Check-up

Rules guide how the players are to be dressed, and referees see to the enforcement of this rule. They make sure all players are appropriately dressed and not in possession of any aid kit.

Time Keeping and Scoring

The referee also keeps the time and records scores.

More so, professionally trained referees with many years of experience supervise our Bondi Tens games.

For more information about our referees, you can contact us through our contact page.