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This page has been created as a Tournament FAQ for umpires officiating at the 2022 World 9s.

What is the date of the World 9s?
Saturday 19 February, 2022

Where is the venue?
Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club, Cnr. Middleborough & Canterbury Roads, Box Hill

What are the teams?
Division 1 – Ireland, Italy, Nauru, Samoa, South Sudan, Tonga
Division 2 – Australia, Chile, Nauru, South Africa, United Nations, Wales
Women’s Division – Australia, Greece, Nauru, United Nations

Where can I find the fixture?
The full fixture will be released soon. Matches will start at 10.00am, finishing at 4.00pm.
These matches will be followed by 3 Grand Finals:
4.00pm – Women’s
4.50pm – Division 2
5.40pm – Division 1

What are the playing rules?
The playing rules for the World 9s can be found at
Don’t worry, they are very easy to pick up. We will also have an umpire’s briefing at 9.30am on match day to go over the rules.

Is there parking at the venue?

What about public transport?
Train – the closest train stop is Laburnum, on the Belgrave/Lilydale line. However, it’s a good 15 minute walk to the ground from the train station.
Bus – both the 733 and 765 stop right next to the ground.

What do I need to bring?
There is a dedicated umpire’s room in the clubhouse. There is only one clubhouse at the venue, so its very easy to find. A great place to change and also relax if you need to.

You can’t see any footy from the umpire’s room, so if you want to watch the footy whilst you are on a break, we suggest you bring your own folding camping chair to sit on. This is because there is no grandstand at the venue.

There is also a large embankment overlooking Field 1. This is a great space on which to sit and watch the footy when you are not umpiring, so please bring a blanket if you would prefer not to sit on the grass.

What do I bring?
Yourself and a whistle! Current AFI umpires – please ensure you bring your existing AFI uniform (green shirt, black cap, black shorts & socks). For those of you who are new, we will provide umpiring uniforms to you. All umpires will also receive $100 cash, plus free food & drinks throughout the day as well.

If you are taking photos and posting on Instagram on the day, it would be great if you could include the hashtags #aflinternational and #world9s. Thank you!

Who are the umpires?
Please find below the current list of umpires we have for the World 9s. We still need more umpires, so if you are keen to be involved please contact Brian Clarke on 0435 092 987.

Field: Rupert van Dongen, Paul O’Loughlin, Laurie Girardo, Peter Leggett, Amy Lister, Bruce Lister, Jack Ringland, Di Phyland
Goal: Dave Weatherhead, Robert Roscoe, Tony Levett, Shelly Thomas, Bryan Crowe

Is there a roster?
Paul O’Loughlin has kindly offered to assist with putting the umpire’s roster together. This will be sent out to you before the tournament.
From experience the roster will evolve during the day – to account for people who need a break, might need to leave early etc. But everyone will get plenty of games and the chance to rest as well.

How much fun is it going to be?
Heaps! See you soon 🙂

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