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Oscar´s first Test

Firsts in our lives are always memorable, from the time our mothers first saw us till, sadly, firsts dry up slowly as we age. For Oscar Lambert this Saturday is a big first - wh...

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Referees to 31 May 2015

There are finals this week - always great but tense occasions which bring out the best in referees and the closest scrutiny of them....

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World Cup Officials Prepare

The match officials are having their first preparatory meeting for the 2-015 Rugby World Cup with a gathering at friendly Arcachon between the sea and the vineyards....

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Owens for PRO12 Final

For the third time in the last five years Nigel Owens of Wales, one of the world's best referees, has been appointed to referee the Final of the PRO12, the competition which...

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Referees to 24 May 2015

Crunch time becomes more nerve-wracking with knock-out matches to find out who wins, cup or promotion, or who avoids or suffers relegation....

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SANZAR dissatisfied

SANZAR has sent out the Super Rugby referees for Round 15 as the competition hots up. In a preamble to the appointments, Lyndon Bray, the manager of Super Rugby referees and rel...

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EP Club Players get Life

Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has banned three club players for lifeSARU applauds EPRU for life ban sentences given to referee’s assailants and SARU has priased them...

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Referees to 17 May 2015

In Europe crunch time is on the horizon. It has two different components - being champions and being relegated. Crowning champions is joyful for some, bitter disappointment for...

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Wandering Referees do well

Three of South Africa's most promising referees have returned home with praise for their efforts abroad. And two others are also heading overseas shortly....

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Clip 5 - 6 May 2015 - Law 10

'No intent, no malice.' Sias Ebersohn of the Force kicks high and Dane Haylett-Petty of the force chases. Lolagi Visinia of the Blues waits for the ball. Visinia doe...

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Clip 4 - 6 April 2015 - Law 15

Was he held? Did it matter whether he was held or not? Julian Savea of the Hurricanes charges at the line but Luke Romano of the Crusaders brings him down. Savea grounds the...

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Clip 3 - 6 May 2015 - Law 20

A legal wheel is possible! At a scrum to the Crusaders five metres from their line, Andy Ellis puts the ball in, the scrum wheels and collapses. The referee orders a rescrum...

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Clip 2 - 6 May 2015 - Law 15

Concentrate on the attacking side's players at each tackle in this string of 11 tackles with 'clean-outs' of sorts. The Chiefs win the ball at a line-out and the...

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Clip 1 - 6 April 2015 - Law 17

'His own player.' From a line-out the Bulls form a maul and drive it forward despite the Lions' efforts to stop them. The maul collapses. The referee lets pl...

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Clip 8 - 29 April 2015 - Law 15

Clean-out. The first tackle in the clip is on Brad shields of the Hurricanes when Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes who enters from the side with impunity. Then James Marsha...

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Clip 7 - 29 April 2015 - Law 15

General play. Adam Thomson of the Reds runs down the touchline on his left but Brad Shields of the Hurricanes grabs him and brings him to ground. From the ground Thomson sho...

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Clip 6 - 29 April 2015 - Law 15

Flying dive. From a line-out, the Reds move the ball wide to Lachie Turner who cuts back in and is tackled by Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes. The first player at the tackle...

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Clip 5 - 29 April 2015 - Law 18

Mark called. Elton Jantjies kicks downfield towards the Cheetahs 22. Joe Pietersen of the Cheetahs catches the ball and claims a mark. When he catches the ball he has his ri...

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Clip 4 - 29 April 2015 - Law 16

'Stay on.' Offside is the bane of rugby. A great deal has been done in changing the laws to allow players more space. Offside play negates those efforts. Sarel Preto...

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Duty Ref 494 - Stuart Berry

Stuart Berry is one of the busiest referees in the world, buzzing around all over the place. Just recently he was in Cape Town and then Bloemfontein and on Saturday he was back...

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Duty Ref 493 - Craig Jubert

Craig has just been appointed as a referee at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, four years after he refereed trhe Final of the 2011 World Cup, the second South African after Abndre Wats...

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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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