Contextual review of physical requirements of refereeing Rugby Union at an elite level
Strength and Conditioning Journal
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Rugby Union referees often determine the outcome of matches, which highlights the importance of their physical conditioning and decision-making ability. This article reviews the limited pool of research related to the physical demands of refereeing 15-a-side Rugby Union within the context of match officials from other team sports. Decision-making investigations are critically discussed, and current physical monitoring assessments are presented along with training recommendations for strength and conditioning coaches. For a video abstract of this article, see supplemental digital content 1 (see video, http://links.lww.com/scj/a221).