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Six Nations: why more rugby referees should be bilingual


Zuletzt aktualisiert: 2 Apr 2017

The Conversation,

Given that the majority of the high-ranking rugby union teams come from societies where English is the first language, it’s natural that English acts as the game’s lingua franca on the international stage. But world-leading rugby referee Wayne Barnes has recently made clear that he and his colleagues in the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the English governing body for the sport, are making every effort to improve their on-field communication with foreign language speakers. They are even going so far as to take French lessons.

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