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Referees to 12 July 2020

Paul Williams will be the man in charge of the massive Round Five Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the only two unbeaten sides in the competition. By Moonsport....

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Law discussion: Hurricanes vs Crusaders

It was a wet Sunday afternoon in Wellington's midwinter with an inevitable wind blowing. There was also a big crowd and an exciting rugby that got to 25-all with 15 minutes...

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Law Discussion: Chiefs vs Blues

The rain bucketed down in Hamilton and still the rugby-starved crowd filled the Waikato Stadium, something last achieved in 2006 - and they were glad to be there despite the rai...

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Referees to 21 June 2020

Ben O'Keeffe and Brendon Pickerill are the referees to the two matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa, Round 2. If Round 1 is anything to go by, they will be energetic occasions wa...

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Law discussion: Penalties and Lots of Rugby

There were 43 000 at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday to watch the Blues play the Hurricanes, the biggest Super Rugby crows in the great ground since 2005. And they saw their sid...

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Referees to 12 July 2020

Referees to 12 July 2020

Paul Williams will be the man in charge of the massive Round Five Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the only two unbeaten sides in the competition. By Moonsport.

Law discussion: Hurricanes vs Crusaders

Law discussion: Hurricanes vs Crusaders

It was a wet Sunday afternoon in Wellington's midwinter with an inevitable wind blowing. There was also a big crowd and an exciting rugby that got to 25-all with 15 minutes to play - 15 minutes in which the Crusaders scored two tries for a 39-25 victory. The great South Island (Mainland?) side scored five tries to one. All six tries in the match were remarkable.

Law Discussion: Chiefs vs Blues

Law Discussion: Chiefs vs Blues

The rain bucketed down in Hamilton and still the rugby-starved crowd filled the Waikato Stadium, something last achieved in 2006 - and they were glad to be there despite the rain and despite their team's defeat. Perhaps it was the relief of doing something normal min these horribly abnormal times.

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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.

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Clip 1 - 21 June 2020 - Law 18

Clip 1 - 21 June 2020 - Law 18

In or Out The Hurricanes are penalised and Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders kicks for the touchline on his right. The ball is descending when Chase Tiatia, the Hurricanes' full...

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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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