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“No referee, no game” – the oft-uttered words of many a rugby coach, player and supporter. Yet, this does not stop “us” from expressing our dissatisfaction with her/his latest decision. This lecturette explores both the nature of rugby union and rugby refereeing.
Taking a philosophically informed approach and drawing on Collins’ (2010) research, Neil will explore this unique and challenging role, highlighting the referee’s ontological authority and epistemological privilege.
The balance between justice/fairness and game aesthetics will be discussed in relation to the concept of ‘sofanism’ – the all-seeing, all-knowing armchair arbiters of the game.
Neil will be joined by Honorary Fellow Nigel Owens, the world’s most-capped referee and ‘entertainer’, who will share his experiences about how best to maintain order and ‘flow’, and take your questions!
Nigel has been an elite referee for two decades and has refereed so many important and memorable games including the World Cup final 2015 and numerous European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.