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Law discussion - changing the score?

After the article on the creation and development of referees, a query arrived about what happened when the score seemed to be change in a Varsity Cup match. We have a look at i...

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Why Respect a Referee

There are, believe it or not, good reasons to respect a rugby referee....

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Atack and the Whistle

The whistle is still the referee's major piece of equipment, and yet it is one we take for granted, even though it has not always been around....

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Law discussion - simultaneously

Just after half-time in the match between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes, Shaun Stevenson of the Chiefs kicks downfield. Jordie Barrett of the Hurricanes catches and returns the...

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How Referees were Born

Having a referee and needing him as we do is but yet another bit of proof of the existence of original sin, man's propensity to get things wrong....

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Law discussion - changing the score?

Law discussion - changing the score?

After the article on the creation and development of referees, a query arrived about what happened when the score seemed to be change in a Varsity Cup match. We have a look at it.

Why Respect a Referee

Why Respect a Referee

There are, believe it or not, good reasons to respect a rugby referee.

Atack and the Whistle

Atack and the Whistle

The whistle is still the referee's major piece of equipment, and yet it is one we take for granted, even though it has not always been around.

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Duty Ref 555: Old Mountain Goat

We have a question which suits an incident in the Rugby World Cup semifinal between South Africa and Wales in Yokohama on Sunday.

Duty Ref 554: Marius van der Westhuizen

It seems there is no more offseason, not with all that's going on in Japan at the World Cup. Refereeing at the World Cup has been the subject of criticism and even anger. Marius van der Wewsthuizen is not there, but at home, having a break and using some time to answer readers' questions.

Duty Ref 553: Marius van der Westhuizen


Marius van der Westhuizen is a top referee and a shock omission from the World Cup's list of referees - not the only one, but certainly one. But he carries on refereeing Super Rugby and is kind enough to answer readers' questions.

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Clip 2 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 6

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Clip 1 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 15

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