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This page has been created as a Tournament FAQ for umpires officiating at the 2023 AFI World 9s.

What is the date of the World 9s?
Saturday 4 February, 2023

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

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

Where can I find the fixture?
The full fixture is available here.
Please note Women’s matches will start at 9.20am.
Division 2 Matches will start at 10.00am.
Division1 matches will start at 1.00pm.

What are the playing rules?
The playing rules for the World 9s can be found at

Is there parking at the venue?

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.

Field: Paul O’Loughlin, Laurie Girardo, Merv Monty, Bruce Lister, Brendan Corcoran, Tim Bain, Jeff Chambers, Dave Smith, Joe Tartaglia

Goal: Dave Weatherhead, Robert Roscoe, Tony Levett, Shelly Thomas, Eddie Kowalczyk, Neil Whatman, 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 soon.
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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