10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The Directors recognise the importance and significance of Waltzing Matilda to the Australian nation, and are pleased to confirm that it may be both formally played and sung at any nominated time before the teams take the field. Once players are on the field, however, no formal musical performance will be permitted other than the playing of the national anthems.
Attention has been drawn to the fact that New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji & Tonga are nevertheless allowed to perform a brief ritual challenge following the national anthems. The Directors wish to point out that such challenges are performed solely by the players themselves, and are a long-established and indivisible part of international rugby tradition.