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Owens for Europe´s Final

Unsurprisingly, Nigel Owens of Wales has been appointed by the European Professional Rugby Clubs (EPRC) to referee the Final of the Champions Cup while Jérôme Garc&...

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Law Changes Suggested

Alan Zondagh, who played top rugby, has coached top rugby in his long career and now runs a Rugby Performance Centre, is one of the game's great thinkers. He has made some s...

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Referees to 26 April 2015

Europe's finalists were decided last weekend and now it's back to club contests - but with internationals in Europe, Asia and South America. No rest for referees....

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Referees for Wildeklawer

SA Referees have announced the match officials for the Wildeklawer Super Schools Rugby Tournament in Kimberley later this month. There are 13 referees and five coaches....

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Concussion concern

The New Zealand Rugby Union are reconsidering their concussion procedures after a Highlanders player remarkably returned to the field in a Super Rugby game last weekend....

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Referees´ Dispute

Some members of the South African Rugby Referees Association (SARRA) are at loggerheads with SARU's manager of referees, André Watson, and this has now come to a head...

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Referees to 19 April 2015

Europe is back in cut-throat action with the semifinals. There is a Final in Scotland and a Final in Spain. In South Africa, Varsity Cup has its Finals....

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Referees for Europe´s semis

European Professional Club Rugby has announced the referees for the semifinals of their Champions Cup and Challenge Cup this weekend....

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Joey moves - in, up and out

Joey Klaaste-Salmans, who has given great service to rugby and refereeing and has achieved much from doing so, is moving into a new position in education which will mean that he...

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Clip 7 - 22 April 2015 - Law 16

Watch that right leg. Recently we had a possible try turned down for an errant right leg of this kind, and it happened in terms of a law which is more honoured in the breach...

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Clip 6 - 22 April 2015 - Law 6

The TMO butts in. Kieran Read of the Crusaders gives a quick pass to Jordan Taufua who runs down the touchline on his right. James Lowe of the Chiefs is across in defence an...

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Clip 5 - 22 April 2015 - Law 19

Not five metres. The Chiefs throw in to a line-out 10 metres from their line. They do some choreographed manoeuvres and then Matt Symons darts forward and takes a throw-in f...

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Clip 4 - 22 April 2015 - Law 10

Pushing scrumhalf. Michael Dowsett of the Brumbies puts the ball into a scrum which the Brumbies win. Nic Stirzaker almost immediately pushes Dowsett. When it is obvious tha...

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Clip 3 - 22 April 2015 - Law 20

Scrumhalf activities. The referee is on the 'other' side of the scrum, away from the scrumhalves. Michael Dowsett of the Brumbies puts the ball into the scrum an...

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Clip 2 - 22 April 2015 - Law 19

Where would the line-out be? Near his 10-metre line, in other words a long way outside his 22, Rudy Paige of the Bulls kicks a high ball towards his left. Sibusiso Sithole o...

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Clip 1 - 22 April 2015 - Law 15

After the tackle. Look at the first and third tackles in particular in this match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders when the Crusaders are the ones on the attack....

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Clip 10 - 15 April 2015 - Law 22

Would you award a try? It's an important question here. For the Bulls it means seven match points and a bonus point; for the Reds it means no points conceded and the lifting...

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Clip 9 - 15 April 2015, Law 15

Playing the ball on the ground. Play is broken when Fumiaki Tanaka, the Highlanders' excellent scrumhalf, picks up the ball but immediately Sam Whitelock dives forward,...

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Clip 8 - 15 April 2015 - Law 14

Protecting the ball. The Crusaders attack the Highlanders and Daniel Carter darts ahead but Martie Banks and Patrick Osborne contrive to get him to fall down. Ben Smith of t...

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Duty Ref 492 - Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper, a family man and a lawyer by profession, leads an active life. He refereed at Newlands on Saturday and was then off to Sydney on Super Rugby duty. In the midst of a...

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Duty Ref 491 - Stuart Berry

Stuart Berry is just back in South Africa after Six Nations duty and being an assistant in Durban last week. He is off this weekend and is happy to answer readers' questions...

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Duty Ref 490 - Craig Joubert

Craig Joubert, South Africa's Referee of the Year for 2014, is having a tiny break before heading to Newlands for a Super Rugby match and then to Dublin when Ireland play En...

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Duty Ref 488 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans

There is just one question on schools law variations and Joey, referee and schoolmaster, answers it. The Law Variations for players under the age of 13 are set out in full on th...

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Duty Ref 489 - Lesego Legoete

Pro Legoete, the 64th Test referee in South Africa's rugby history, will be one of the two referees in action when Shimlas play Tukkies in the first round of the Varsity Cup...

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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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