But then southern hemisphere teams are more skilful than their northern hemisphere counterparts, which means games can be easier to referee.

-Alan Lewis
Alan Lewis

My job is to persuade people to toe the line and play within the laws of the game.

Alan Lewis
The scrum and the tackle are the two really contentious areas of the game. If you get those two aspects right, most rugby matches will work in your favour.
Alan Lewis

Coaches will do what they can but it doesn't necessarily bother me. You are an international referee for a reason. If things like that are going to ruffle your feathers, don't bother doing the job.

Alan Lewis
I have three tools at my disposal - my whistle, my body language and my talk. It is a question of how I marry them up to try to get the players around to my way of thinking.
Alan Lewis

You have got to boss scrums. The players need to know what you want them to adhere to. Then it is up to them to decide whether they are adhering to that or not.

Alan Lewis
If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer. Alan L
Alan Lewis

I could give 48 penalties in every match if I wanted to. It is a question of sometimes choosing what is - in your own mind - of material importance and what isn't, what might be a crucial potential penalty and what might not be.

Alan Lewis
Did your grandparents ever share any stories about growing up in the country?
Alan Lewis

We need to do a better job of treating our residents.

Alan Lewis
If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer.