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Time Clarification

World Rugby has sent out a clarification of Law 5 by the designated members of its Rugby Committee. Such a clarification is not (yet) law but has the force of law....

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Deon in Shaun´s Place

Deon van Blommestein will be flying to Dublin tomorrow to act as TMO in the crunch match between Ireland and England. He takes the place of Shaun Veldsman who is in hospital and...

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The Trouble-Shooter - a Short Story

There are two laws of the game of rugby football that are breathtakingly wide in their implications. Law 6.A.5 (a) includes these words: `The referee is the sole judge of fact a...

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Veldsman´s Good News

This morning Shaun Veldsman is still in the Mediclinic at Stellenbosch but with uplifted spirits....

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Law discussion: scrums vs high octane

SANZAR held a camp in Sydney to prepare referees for 2015 Super Rugby. Recently Lyndon Bray held a media question session on refereeing for the advent of 2015's Super Rugby....

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Veldsman stabbed

Shaun Veldsman, a former top referee who is now a top TMO, was stabbed on his way home to Robertson after acting as TMO at the Newlands match between the Stormers and the Blues....

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Law discussion: simultaneously

Big Grant Hattingh of the Bulls charges for the goal- line as Brad Barrett of the Hurricanes covers in desperation. Barrett does not tackle Hattingh who has the ball in his righ...

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Law discussion: Getting it wrong

Super Rugby 2015 started this weekend past and - mercifully - the concentration was on the players and the surprising results rather than on anything referees did. The players d...

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Referees to 23 February 2015

As the world recovers from its Valentine's Day hangover, there is only one Test match when neighbours meet in Amsterdam, the fun capital of the Low Countries....

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Clip 14 - 18 February 2015 - Law 10

Obstruction? A penalty gives Wales a five-metre line-out and Richard Hibbard throws in. Up goes Alun Wyn Jones. He catches the ball and brings it down. Wales form a maul wit...

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Clip 13 - 18 February 2015 - Law 20

A cautionary tale. Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs knocks on and there is a scrum to the Force. Alby Mathewson puts the ball into a scrum with the referee on the 'other- s...

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Clip 12 - 18 February 2015 - Law 20

Acting under pressure. Alby Mathewson of the Force puts the ball into a scrum five metres from the Waratahs' goal-line. The Waratahs put pressure on the scrum and with t...

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Clip 11 - 18 February 2015 - Law 22

Kicked dead. The Waratahs kick a penalty goal and Sias Ebersohn kicks off. He kicks off deep and the ball bobbles about before going into the Waratahs' in-goal where Kur...

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Clip 10 - 18 February 2015 - Law 22

Knock-on and what follows. In Sydney Sias Ebersohn of the Force kicks downfield. Israel Dagg of the Waratahs fields the ball and passes it to team-mate Nick Phipps who kicks...

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Clip 9 - 18 February 2015 - Law 10

Place of penalty. Nick Groom, the Stormers' scrumhalf, kicks ahead and then is knocked to the ground by JJ Engelbrecht of the Bulls. Engelbrecht's tackle is late, hi...

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Clip 8 - 18 February 2015 - Law 19

Sacking. In rugby football this has nothing to do with getting the boot from the boss. It is a term which has gained popularity in rugby football though it does not appear i...

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Clip 7 - 18 February 2015 - Law 15

Ruck or not. Sarel Pretorius of the Cheetahs passes to Coenie Oosthuizen who charges ahead. He is tackled by Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jannie du Plessis of the Sharks. Oosthu...

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Clip 6 - 18 February 2015 - Law 16

Turnover good? Jimmy Cowan of the Blues kicks downfield and Bryce Heem of the Chiefs leaps to catch the ball. Heem falls to ground and players of both sides come into contac...

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Clip 5 - 18 February 2015 - Law 17

Maul or not? The Hurricanes win a scrum under pressure from the Lions. TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes passes to Beauden Barrett who passes inside to left wing Julian Savea. S...

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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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