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Remarkable Referee Dies

01 Mar 2015

Before France played Wales at Stade de France on Saturday, France paid its respects to remarkable rugby referee, Bernard Marie, the first Frenchman to referee a Five Nations - as it was then - match. Marie was 96 when he died.

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Time Clarification

26 Feb 2015

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

25 Feb 2015

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 who has great news.

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The Trouble-Shooter - a Short Story

25 Feb 2015

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 and of law during a match.' Law 10.4 (k) says: `A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship in the playing enclosure.’

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Veldsman´s Good News

24 Feb 2015

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

23 Feb 2015

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

23 Feb 2015

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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Referees to 2 March 2015

23 Feb 2015

The Six Nations is back in action this week after a week off and Super Rugby rumbles on.

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Law discussion: simultaneously

21 Feb 2015

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 right arm. The big man then dives for the ground just in from the left corner post. He has the ball in his right hand and stretches out his left hand to break the fall. With three minutes to go, this could be the winning score.

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Law discussion: Getting it wrong

18 Feb 2015

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 determined the outcome, not the referees - which is at it should be.

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