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New Zealand Makes Super Changes

On 13 June 2020, despite the worst efforts of coronavirus and its Covid-19, high-level rugby will start in New Zealand when Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off at Forsyth Barr Stadiu...

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Law discussion: Three suggested changes

Change the laws and you change the game. That is why there is great circumspection when law changes are suggested. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law Application: Knock-on

The knock-on would probably be regarded as the easiest of law applications, bread-and-butter stuff for a referee. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Grounding for a Try Changed

World Rugby has announced that it is no longer a try if an attacking player grounds the ball against the protective padding around a goal post. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law application: The Tackle

Tackles have increased in number in the modern game when, for so much of the game, avoiding the tackle has been replaced by taking the tackle. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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New Zealand Makes Super Changes

New Zealand Makes Super Changes

On 13 June 2020, despite the worst efforts of coronavirus and its Covid-19, high-level rugby will start in New Zealand when Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. And they will have a little of their own way of doing things.

Law discussion: Three suggested changes

Law discussion: Three suggested changes

Change the laws and you change the game. That is why there is great circumspection when law changes are suggested. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Law Application: Knock-on

Law Application: Knock-on

The knock-on would probably be regarded as the easiest of law applications, bread-and-butter stuff for a referee. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Ref Replies

Duty ref 556: Jaco Peyper

The query this time comes from Iñaki Marquinez of Spain and is answered by Jaco Peyper, one of the very best referees in the world. The question arises from a clip on the South African Referees' website: https://www.sareferees.com/laws/view/2831520/.

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.

Law Videos

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Clip 1 - 5 June 2020 - Law 14

Clip 1 - 5 June 2020 - Law 14

Tackle Penalty Wales are under pressure, but their forwards control the ball some five metres from their goal-line, and Gareth Davies, their scrumhalf, kicks the ball downfield toward...

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Clip 1 - 9 March 2020 - Law 4

Clip 1 - 9 March 2020 - Law 4

Colour Confusion There are several colours to the rainbow but when the Bulls played the Highlanders it seemed that there only two - mainly blue but with some white dividing lines....

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Clip 2 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 6

Clip 2 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 6

Stopping Play Robbie Abel of the Waratahs throws into a lineout near the half-way line. Rob Simmons wins the ball for the Waratahs who move the ball to the right where the defence is...

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