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Jacques Nieuwenhuis - RWC to referee

Jacques Nieuwenhuis went to two Rugby World Cups as a player - France in 2007 and New Zealand in 2011. Now, just turned 35, he is a referee and loving it....

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Varsity Cup Changes the Goalposts

For the last two rounds of the Varsity Cup the shape of the goalposts will change - from the traditions H-shape, as used originally at Rugby School in Warwickshire to the wishbo...

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Top Players Become Referees

Just recently some ex-players who played top rugby have become referees. Three of these are in South Africa - provincial players, one a Super Rugby player, one an international...

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Egon Seconds - Referee

Egon Seconds was a great wing in his day - fast, elusive, skilful. Now, 34 years of age, he is set fair to becoming a top referee....

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Referees to 30 March 2015

Calm. Refereeing sails into relatively calm waters this weekend as the Six Nations and the European Nations Cup both end....

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Walsh hangs up his Whistle

Steve Walsh, a rugby referee in the top category of rugby referees, is to end his career with immediate effect....

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Referees to 23 March 2015

It's the last round of the Six Nations with all to play for in all matches since Wales's defeat of Ireland. After all Ireland, England, Wales and even France can still w...

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Law clarification: man in the air

Paddy O'Brien, World Rugby's manager of referees in the Sevens Series, requested and recived a clarification on the actions of a team who have a player in the air....

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White card working

Almost half of the White Card referrals in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International matches have been successful, and the initiative is making an i...

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Clip 13 - 4 March 2015 - Law 12

Kriel's pass for Hougaard's try The Bulls are leading 9-6 and are on the attack. The Sharks win the ball and Cobus Reinach kicks downfield towards the touchline on h...

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Clip 12 - 4 March 2015 - Law 10

The Springbok squabble. The Bulls score and the Sharks kick off. With help, Victor Matfield goes high for the ball as the Sharks arrive. The bulls do not control the ball we...

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Clip 11 - 4 March 2015 - Law 12

Ndungane's knock-on. The Bulls are leading 33-29 with 15 minutes to play. The Sharks win the ball and Patrick Lambie kicks a magnificent diagonal kick across the field t...

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Clip 10 - 4 March 2015 - Law 11

10-metre offside. The Bulls are leading 36-35 when Tian Schoeman kicks the ball into touch about five metres inside the Sharks' half. Bismarck du Plessis throws in but G...

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Clip 9 - 4 March 2015 - Law 22

Serfontein's try. The Sharks are trailing by a point with time rapidly running out. They are deep in their own territory but determined to break out while the Bulls are...

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Clip 8 - 4 March 2015 - Law 19

In or out? The referee penalises Billy Vunipola at a ruck and Jonny Sexton of Ireland kicks for touch. As the ball drops towards touch. Alex Goode, England's fullback, l...

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Clip 7 - 4 March 2015 - Law 17

Serial offences. A penalty gives the Bulls a line-out and Adriaan Strauss throws the ball to Jacques du Plessis of the Bulls and the Bulls form a maul, working the ball back...

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Clip 6 - 4 March 2015 - Law 18

Mark in in-goal. Ireland are battering at England but not making much headway. Connor Murray passes to Jonny Sexton who kicks a high up-and-under towards the English posts....

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Clip 10 - 25 February 2015 - Law 17

Wonky lifting. Robbie Coetzee of the Lions throws into a line-out and Franco Mostert rises to catch the ball. The lions and the Sharks form a maul on Mostert.. The Lions sho...

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Clip 9 - 25 February 2015 - Law 17

Accidental instead of obstructive. There is a line-out about seven metres from the Blues' line, Stormers' throw-in. Up goes Juri van Vuuren of the Stormers to catch...

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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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