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    Default Referee knows everyone by name

    I accidentally started watching a Rugby League game between England and Samoa. And at just about every tackle the referee would shout instructions, not that weird, but what I though was odd was that he used the players name. Is this normal for League referees.

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    Default Re: Referee knows everyone by name

    Quote Originally Posted by thepercy View Post
    I accidentally started watching a Rugby League game between England and Samoa. And at just about every tackle the referee would shout instructions, not that weird, but what I though was odd was that he used the players name. Is this normal for League referees.
    It's normal at elite level. You'll hear a player's number used precisely zero times throughout the NRL season. I don't like it.

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    The thinking is that players are almost certain to know what their name is and are much more likely to respond to it than the number, which can change. I've had good results on the touchline from learning the wingers' names and using them to pass messages infield; "hey, Dave" works a lot better than "hey, number 2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyesbetter View Post
    The thinking is that players are almost certain to know what their name is and are much more likely to respond to it than the number, which can change. I've had good results on the touchline from learning the wingers' names and using them to pass messages infield; "hey, Dave" works a lot better than "hey, number 2".
    Assuming he is called Dave and not Rodney.
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    I refereed teams where they use numbers themselves, as they don't know each other's name...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Lifeson-Peart View Post
    Assuming he is called Dave and not Rodney.
    "Rodney" would not be playing that dreadful oiks game!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSmith View Post
    "Rodney" would not be playing that dreadful oiks game!
    Quite right! He'd be on 'Ackney Marshes, playing soccer for Del Boy's Dodgy Dynamos.
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    I have a reverse issue. My name is relatively unusual so I regulary get players calling me Ciaran during the game.
    Having reffed and played against the same teams for 30 years, they do get to know you.
    I do not have a problem with this And i do not want to pedantic and insist that the call me ref or sir.
    I do tell visiting teams from out of the county that they will hear people talking to me by name bit to be fair even the teams from out of the county often do as I've reffed at this level for a number of years.
    Any thoughts on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyesbetter View Post
    I've had good results on the touchline from learning the wingers' names and using them to pass messages infield; "hey, Dave" works a lot better than "hey, number 2".
    Why is the winger (Dave) wearing the hookers shirt????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil E View Post
    Why is the winger (Dave) wearing the hookers shirt????
    The hooker is wearing the scrum half's shirt. Got it?
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