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Urgent: Law Change

World Rugby's Council has proclaimed a law change that is to be applied immediately.

The Change concerns Law 9 in the new, 2018, edition of the Laws of the Game. Previously, it had been Law 10, dealing with Foul Play.

World Rugby's proclamation reads:

Acting in accordance with the Bye-Laws and on behalf of Council the World, Rugby Executive Committee have agreed to create a new Law 9.19 for implementation with Immediate effect:

Law 9.19 Acting in accordance with the Bye-Laws and on behalf of Council the World
Rugby Executive Committee have agreed to create a new Law 9.19 for implementation with Immediate effect:

Law 9.19 In open play,...

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Referees to 21 October 2018

The Currie Cup in South Africa has reached the semifinal stage with Marius van der Westhuizen and Egon Seconds to referee them. Division 1 has reached a final with Cwengile Jade...

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Competition Rules for Currie Cup - and Lightning

The completion regulations for the Currie Cup and other SARU competitions are written down, but may well be filed away and remain pretty well unknown, till suddenly something ha...

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Referees for Both Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced the referees for their Sevens Series for men and women. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees for November Tests

World Rugby has announced the referees appointed to the 45 international matches to be played in November - 45 matches, 90 teams, 2070 players. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 14 October 2018

The comeback Saturday of the Rugby Championship ended the competition with high drama, as the All Blacks came from way behind to beat the Springboks 32-30 and the Wallabies came...

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Referees to 21 October 2018

Referees to 21 October 2018

The Currie Cup in South Africa has reached the semifinal stage with Marius van der Westhuizen and Egon Seconds to referee them. Division 1 has reached a final with Cwengile Jadezweni to referee it.

Competition Rules for Currie Cup - and Lightning

Competition Rules for Currie Cup - and Lightning

The completion regulations for the Currie Cup and other SARU competitions are written down, but may well be filed away and remain pretty well unknown, till suddenly something happens as happened in Pretoria on Saturday when the rain poured down in torrents and the lightning came closer. Then the regulations need to be known.

Referees for Both Sevens Series

Referees for Both Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced the referees for their Sevens Series for men and women. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

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Duty Ref 547 - Marius van der Westhuizen

Marius van der Westhuizen, officially ranked amongst the top 18 referees in the world and a man who has refereed in many countries, sits down to answer some readers' questions before going off to referee the match between the Bulls and the Brumbies.

Duty Ref 546 - Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper is off on Super Rugby duty, but still has time to do duty answering readers' questions. He does so from Brisbane while he was preparing to referee the match between the Reds and the Chiefs, which he refereed excellently.

Duty Ref 545 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Joey Klaaste-Salmans, a former top panel referee in South Africa, the chairman of the Western Province Referees' Society and our expert on primary school laws, answers a reader's question.

Law Videos

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Clip 3 - 28 September 2018 - Law 18

Clip 3 - 28 September 2018 - Law 18

South Africa are attacking on the left. Willie le Roux kicks a grubber. Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi darts ahead and gathers the ball near the touchline on his left. He runs ahead but, as the...

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Clip 2 - 26 September 2018 - Law 12

Clip 2 - 26 September 2018 - Law 12

Aphiwe Dyantyi of South Africa scores a try which Handré Pollard converts. Beauden Barrett of New Zealand is to kick-off. It is not good - low and clearly not travelling the re...

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Clip 1 - 24 September 2018 - Law 15

Clip 1 - 24 September 2018 - Law 15

It started with a rare occurrence. Griquas are attacking the Free State goal-line when the Free State win a turnover. Scrumhalf Rudy Paige passes back to flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg who,...