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Referees to 19 January 2020

Its the last round of pool matches in the Heineken Cup and the Challenge Cup. After this come the quarterfinals in April. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law discussion: Kolbe´s tap

Toulouse play Connacht in Galway. In his own half, Jack Carty of Connacht kicks the ball across the field towards Cheslin Kolbe on the Toulouse left wing. By Paul Dobson, Moonsp...

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Glen Jackson to Whistle his Last

News from New Zealand arrived today - sad news - that Glen Jackson has decided to retire from professional refereeing in March 2020. It brings to end a career of 25 years in whi...

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Referees to 12 January 2020

It's the second last round of pool matches in the European Professional Club Rugby's competitions. That's where Europe's big clubs are. By Paul Dobson, Moon...

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Referees to 5 January 2020

And in this week we hit 2020, often such a desirable number. May all referees have 20/20 vision in this new year. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 19 January 2020

Referees to 19 January 2020

Its the last round of pool matches in the Heineken Cup and the Challenge Cup. After this come the quarterfinals in April. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Law discussion: Kolbe´s tap

Law discussion: Kolbe´s tap

Toulouse play Connacht in Galway. In his own half, Jack Carty of Connacht kicks the ball across the field towards Cheslin Kolbe on the Toulouse left wing. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Glen Jackson to Whistle his Last

Glen Jackson to Whistle his Last

News from New Zealand arrived today - sad news - that Glen Jackson has decided to retire from professional refereeing in March 2020. It brings to end a career of 25 years in which he has played an outstanding role in top rugby, as player in New Zealand and England, and, for the past 10 years as one of the world's top referees. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

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Duty Ref 555

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 - 4 November 2019 - Law 19

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Clip 1 - 4 November 2019 - Law 18

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