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Law discussion - a dead drop-out

It is 26 minutes into the match between England and Scotland in windy Edinburgh. Scotland are penalised and Owen Farrell kicks at goal....

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Law discussion - the possibility of an uncontested scrum

This is fairly new and not all that easy to work through - the possibility of uncontested scrums when front-row players of the same position (loosehead, hooker or tighthead) are...

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Law discussion - the lineout option

The Lions of Johannesburg play the Reds of Queensland at Ellis Park an a day of heavy rain. Early in the second half the Lions put pressure on the Reds' scrum, and the Reds...

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Law discussion - in out in

It all happened in the blink of an eye, so much so that it went undetected at a scrum....

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Referees to 17 February 2020

Hard as it may be to believe but there are no Test matches this weekend, not that there will not be lots of rugby to test referees in both wintry north and summery south....

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Law discussion - a dead drop-out

Law discussion - a dead drop-out

It is 26 minutes into the match between England and Scotland in windy Edinburgh. Scotland are penalised and Owen Farrell kicks at goal.

Law discussion - the possibility of an uncontested scrum

Law discussion - the possibility of an uncontested scrum

This is fairly new and not all that easy to work through - the possibility of uncontested scrums when front-row players of the same position (loosehead, hooker or tighthead) are carded.

Law discussion - the lineout option

Law discussion - the lineout option

The Lions of Johannesburg play the Reds of Queensland at Ellis Park an a day of heavy rain. Early in the second half the Lions put pressure on the Reds' scrum, and the Reds are penalised. The lions kick out for a five-metre lineout.

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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 1 - 13 Feb 2020 - Law 9

Clip 1 - 13 Feb 2020 - Law 9

Uncontested Maul The Lions are on the attack and, in defending the Reds infringe, so much so that tighthead Taniela Tupou is yellow carded. The Lions kick out for another five-metre l...

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Clip 2 - 19 January 2020 - Law 7

Clip 2 - 19 January 2020 - Law 7

Advantage Over At FNB Stadium, the Stormers play the Sharks. In the 11th minute of the match, the Stormers are penalised and the Sharks kick into touch for a five-metre lineout. As th...

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Clip 1 - 19 January 2020 - Law 14

Clip 1 - 19 January 2020 - Law 14

Is it a Tackle? In the first minute of the Super Rugby warm-up match between the Lions and the Blue Bulls at FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Lions move the ball to the left where Len Massy...

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