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The Father of SA Referees

Towards the end of the 19th century refereeing started to get organised, and the man who did most to do so in South Africa was Henry Kemsley. He can be regarded as the Father of...

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Referees to 21 December 2014

It's time for families to draw closer as Christmas comes and a time for rugby's social unit, the clubs, to have their time to come together. There are no Tests this week...

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Law Discussion: Air collision

It is common knowledge that rugby football nowadays forbids playing a player who is in the air. This led to the IRB (now World Rugby) to amplify the law a bit and South African...

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Referees for NZ warm-ups

Already Super Rugby is on the minds of management and friendly matches are being arranged - with referees....

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South African refereeing starts

The game that first came to South Africa was not the Rugby game. It was a South African variant of the Winchester Game. It came in 1861, two years before soccer was started and...

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O´Brien´s Final

Matt O'Brien of Australia will referee the 2014 Port Elizabeth Final of World Rugby's Sevens series when New Zealand and South Africa meet....

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Referees for PE Knock-outs

World Rugby's Sevens Series enters its knock-out stage on Sunday with the quarterfinals of the cup and the bowl. Referees have been appointed to these matches and the appoin...

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Referees for PE 7s, Day 1

The third round of the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens Series starts in Port Elizabeth this weekend and the match officials have been appointed to each match....

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Law Discussion - Maul

The maul from a line-out was a great South African weapon. They developed it first and used it most profitably. Until November, that is. Then it seemed that they were being out-...

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Refs’ smartphone app now available

Rugby fans and referees now have free access to one of the smartest apps on their smartphones – Know Your Game is like a Law Book and more in the palm of your hand....

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Clip 7 - 20 November 2014 - Law 10

Blocking. Scotland (in red) have the ball. Greg Laidlaw passes to Blair Cowan who charges ahead till Dan Carter of New Zealand pulls him down. A ruck forms and Alasdair Dick...

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Clip 6 - 20 November 2014 - Law 21

'Why's the referee stopped the game?' Mike Phillips of Wales puts the ball into a scrum five metres from the Welsh line but Fiji win a tighthead. Scrumhalf Henry...

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Clip 5 - 20 November 2014 - Law 15

Tackle or no tackle? The decision took a long time. Liam Willaims (15) of Wales runs with the ball. Bearded Tevita Cavubati (5) of Fiji brings him down. Williams leaps up an...

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Clip 4 - 20 November 2014 - Law 14

Crawling. Wales are laying siege to the Fijian line and individual players have a go at bashing their way over for a try. Dan Lydiate of Wales drives low at the line but Ver...

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Clip 3 - 20 November 2014 - Law 17

Stand-off. South Africa throw into a line-out. Eben Etzebeth goes up and catches the ball while England remain passive. The South Africans are eager to maul and form a maul-...

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Clip 2 - 20 November 2014 - Law 19

Whose ball? Owen Farrell of England kicks the ball towards the touchline on his right. Bryan Habana of South Africa catches the ball. There is to be a line-out because Haban...

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Clip 1 - 20 November 2014 - Law 19

Whose ball? Bernard Foley of Australia kicks towards the touchline on his right. Terry Thomas of France catches the ball. There is to be a line-out because Thomas, holding t...

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Clip 10 - 14 November 2014 - Law 10

Puma crashes down to earth. Santiago Iglesias of Argentina throws into a line-out. Tomás de la Vega goes high and catches the ball. De la Vega then crashes to earth a...

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Clip 9 - 14 November 2014 - Law 10

Shoulder. Argentina have the ball but lose it to Scotland who want to take advantage. Greig Laidlaw passes to Mark Bennett who passes a clumsy pass to Tommy Seymour on the l...

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Clip 8 - 14 November 2014 - Law 10

Obstruction? Scotland have the ball but big Manuel Montero of Argentina slams into little Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Laidlaw tries to get the ball away but it wobbles in a p...

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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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Duty Ref 478 - Lourens van der Merwe.

Test referee Lourens van der Merwe, who seems to be more of an assistant these days, takes time off from travelling with Grey College, where he teaches, to Durban and PE to answ...

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