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John Gardener´s Stories

John Gardener, a Rhodes Scholar as a bright young student, who, in 1988, became the first South African principal of Bishops his old school of great rugby tradition, was keenly...

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BLASIE

We all knew that `Blasie' Smith was getting near the end of the road as a referee. His was no longer the trim figure of yore, nearly thirty years worth of refereeing yore by...

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White Card Tweaked

There have been some alterations to the use of the White Card challenge in the Varsity Cup after a meeting on Sunday afternoon involving the Varsity Cup coaches and Andre Watson...

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Law discussion: prop suicide

Are prop forwards in the process of committing suicide, of making such a constant mess that they are in danger of being written out of the game?...

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From SANZAR referees´ course

SANZAR's course for referees ahead of Super Rugby 2015 ended on Tuesday, the third day of the course. Jaco van Heerden, South Africa's newest Super Rugby referee reports...

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SANZAR referees´ camp, Day 1

SANZAR are holding their annual course for their Super Rugby referees in Many, Sydney. One of those attending is Jaco van Heerden of Pretoria, new to such an experience. He repo...

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SANZAR´s Super Rugby Referees

At its annual course for Super Rugby referees in Manly, Sydney, SANZAR has announced its 16 referees for Super Rugby in 2015....

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Bray on SANZAR Course

SANZAR's referees are attending a course in Manly, Sydney, in preparation for Super Rugby 2015 which starts on 13 February in New Zealand when the Crusaders play the Rebels....

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Varsity Cup: law innovations

The Varsity Cup is almost back and ready to rock with innovations and even more excitement set to form part of this year’s competition. The 2015 season kicks off on 9 Febr...

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Clip 13 - 22 January 2015 - Law 17

Standing up. Glasgow Warriors (in blue) run from a defensive position. The ball goes to Mark Bennett who is brought to ground by Robert Ebersohn of Montpellier. Bennett gets...

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Clip 1 - 22 January 2015 - Law 18

Is the extra 10 metres a disadvantage? Joe Simpson of Wasps hoofs the ball a long way downfield. Marland Yarde of Harlequins catches the ball about a metre inside his 22 and...

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Clip 12 - 22 January 2015 - Law 20

Mowen picks up. Benoît Paillaugue of Montpellier puts the ball into a tense scrum. Montpellier win the ball but have difficulty in getting it back. Ben Mowen, the Mont...

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Clip 11 - 22 January 2015 - Law 19

Leaving/peeling? Fraser Brown of the Glasgow Warriors is to throw into a line-out. Richie Vernon is at the back of the line-out with Ryan Wilson in front of him. Brown throw...

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Clip 10 - 22 January 2015 - Law 15

Offside. Offside at what? Glasgow Warriors attack and Jonny Gray charges forward into Montpellier players. Akapusi Qera brings Gray to ground. Alex Dunbar is in support of G...

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Clip 9 - 22 January 2015 - Law 21

The place. The Glasgow Warriors attack. James Eddie charges ahead and three Montpellier players bring him down. One of them is the scrumhalf Teddy Iribaren. The referee pena...

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Clip 8 - 22 January 2015 - Law 16

Have a look at the fullback. Alex Dunbar of Glasgow Warriors tackles Yohann Artru of Montpellier, and a heap of players occurs with three Montpellier players protecting Art...

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Clip 7 - 22 January 2015 - Law 10

Yellow card? Saracens attack. Prop Mako Vunipola charges ahead with prop Petrus du Plessis in support. Tommy O'Donnell and Paul O'Connell of Munster tackle Vunipola...

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Clip 6 - 22 January 2015 - Law 20

Binding. Richard Wigglesworth of the Saracens puts the ball into a scrum. Saracens get a shove on and the scrum disintegrates. The referee penalises BJ Botha, the Munster ti...

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Clip 5 - 22 January 2015 - Law 10

Unplayable. Danny Care of Harlequins kicks. Rob Miller (15) of London Wasps gets the ball and passes it to Tom Varndell (11). Sam Twomey tackles Varndell and a heap of playe...

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Duty Ref 487 - Jaco van Heerden

It's 2015 and this is the first Duty Ref for 2015. The numbers are likely to increase this year with all the hectic activity to come. We all hope that it will be a good rugb...

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Duty Ref 486 - Jaco van Heerden

Back form the excitement of refereeing in France, Jaco van Heerden is having a break but a bit of a busman's holiday, as he is answering readers' questions and preparing...

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Duty Ref 484 - Stuart Berry

Stuart Berry is a top South African referee, recently appointed to November Tests in the Northern Hemisphere. On Saturday he is at Ellis Park for a Currie Cup match between the...

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Duty Ref 476

These questions are of a technical nature, facts rather than application of the laws in matches, and so we have lumped them together....

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Duty Ref 482 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Joey Klaaste-Salmans, who has in the past been voted Refereem of the Year in Western Province, who has refereed provincial matches and been on provincial panels, ending on the N...

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Duty Ref 481 - Jaco van Heerden

Jaco van Heerden had been promoted this year and has had the first two Currie Cup matches of his career in recent weeks. He has impressed with his accuracy, communication and at...

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Duty Ref 480 - Craig Joubert

If he is not buzzing around the world, Craig Joubert is buzzing around South Africa, so much is he and his refereeing skill in demand, and here he has again been in demand to an...

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Duty Ref 479 - Lesego Legoete

Test referee Lesego Legoete, whom everybody calls Pro, is refereeing at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend when the Blue Bulls play the EP Kings. But he has time to answer readers&#...

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