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World Rugby´s New Tackle Guidelines

Tackling are an essential aspect of rugby football. It is also the most dangerous and complex aspect of the game and the most difficult to manage. World Rugby has now issued new...

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The TMO - A History

Watch the Wimbledon men's final, an epic battle, and there you will see challenges about whether the ball was in or out, and they use hawk-eye. Watch the cricket between Sri...

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Jonker - A TMO at the Top

Marius Jonker is a well-known citizen of Richards Bay, a harbour town up on Northern KZN coast, just under 180 km from Durban. It is above all officiating at rugby matches that...

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Law discussion - changing the score?

After the article on the creation and development of referees, a query arrived about what happened when the score seemed to be change in a Varsity Cup match. We have a look at i...

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Why Respect a Referee

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World Rugby´s New Tackle Guidelines

World Rugby´s New Tackle Guidelines

Tackling are an essential aspect of rugby football. It is also the most dangerous and complex aspect of the game and the most difficult to manage. World Rugby has now issued new guidelines aimed at making tackling clearer for players and referees.

The TMO - A History

The TMO - A History

Watch the Wimbledon men's final, an epic battle, and there you will see challenges about whether the ball was in or out, and they use hawk-eye. Watch the cricket between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and there will be referrals to the match referee via television replays. Rugby does it, too. In fact it did it before cricket or tennis.

Jonker - A TMO at the Top

Jonker - A TMO at the Top

Marius Jonker is a well-known citizen of Richards Bay, a harbour town up on Northern KZN coast, just under 180 km from Durban. It is above all officiating at rugby matches that has made Jonker well-known. He played his rugby (at flyhalf) in that part of the world - for Empangeni and then neighbouring Richards Bay where Jonker lives with his family and works for Bell Equipment, whose security manager he is after his initial career in the police force.

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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.

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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