One of the great things rugby teaches people is discipline. It’s one of the qualities a coach can instil in players. Don’t tolerate foul play – particularly anything like any dangerous tackles or thuggery. Referee abuse is unacceptable at any level of the sport.
FAIR PLAY MEANS:
Maintaining your dignity whether or not you are winning.
Respecting the opposition, the officials and the rules.
Staying calm no matter what happens.
THE REFEREE IS IN CHARGE AT ALL TIMES
If the game gets out of control, play can become reckless and dangerous – increasing the potential for injury. Play your part – play fair. Support referees by respecting their decisions – remember many of them are volunteers.
Providing a positive environment for everyone to enjoy rugby is at the heart of APPLAUD.
APPLAUD is a New Zealand Rugby initiative to encourage supporters to be good sports at schools and clubs, while also seeking to stamp out anti-social side-line behaviour.
By committing to APPLAUD; all parents, care-givers and supporters in New Zealand are creating a great place for rugby.