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Uys Up a Step

February is a dreary month in the north, a hot, bright month in the South, and it starts, in north and south, with a rugby bang. Its first day is of great importance in the rugb...

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Stellenbosch Camp for Referees

As has become the norm before the start of a big competition, there has been a camp for referees during which the past is reviewed, the future planned for and fitness is checked...

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Referees to 26 January 2020

This week there is the lull before the storm - a time of expectant tumult, the week before Six Nations starts in Europe, the week before Super Rugby bursts out on four continent...

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Law discussion: 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 Massyn, their N...

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Law discussion: 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 the Sharks...

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Uys Up a Step

Uys Up a Step

February is a dreary month in the north, a hot, bright month in the South, and it starts, in north and south, with a rugby bang. Its first day is of great importance in the rugby calendar - the start of Six Nations in the North and the start of Super Rugby in the South. Divan Uys is not involved in either but it remains an important date in his refereeing career.

Stellenbosch Camp for Referees

Stellenbosch Camp for Referees

As has become the norm before the start of a big competition, there has been a camp for referees during which the past is reviewed, the future planned for and fitness is checked. It has recently happened for SANZAAR's officials and match officials out at the Academy of Sport in the summer heat of Stellenbosch.

Referees to 26 January 2020

Referees to 26 January 2020

This week there is the lull before the storm - a time of expectant tumult, the week before Six Nations starts in Europe, the week before Super Rugby bursts out on four continents.

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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 - 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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Clip 3 - 4 November 2019 - Law 8

Clip 3 - 4 November 2019 - Law 8

Tee Timing The referee penalises Jacob Stockdale of Ireland for a deliberate knock-on. There is a lapse of time while Garry Ringrose goes off with bleeding from his brow and his place...

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