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Law discussion - yellow cards

We have two incidents from Saturday in which players received yellow cards for clashes with opponents' heads. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Aimee in Sunshine and Storm

Aimee Barrett-Theron, South Africa's top woman referee, has just been to Europe to referee in the first two rounds of the Women's Six Nations....

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Referees to 1 March 2020

Two PRO14 matches in Italy have been postponed - Zebre vs Ospreys and Benetton vs Ulster. Northern Italy is concerned about the coronavirus which has caused deaths in the area....

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Law discussion - why no try

This is an incident in the match at Newlands between the Stormers and the Jaguares in which the TMO is consulted and a try is disallowed. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law discussion - a scrum and a maul

These two incidents touch on two fairly common occurrences that need closer investigation as they may at times be inaccurately/wrongly refereed. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law discussion - yellow cards

Law discussion - yellow cards

We have two incidents from Saturday in which players received yellow cards for clashes with opponents' heads. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Aimee in Sunshine and Storm

Aimee in Sunshine and Storm

Aimee Barrett-Theron, South Africa's top woman referee, has just been to Europe to referee in the first two rounds of the Women's Six Nations.

Referees to 1 March 2020

Referees to 1 March 2020

Two PRO14 matches in Italy have been postponed - Zebre vs Ospreys and Benetton vs Ulster. Northern Italy is concerned about the coronavirus which has caused deaths in the area. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

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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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Clip 2 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 6

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Clip 1 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 15

Clip 1 - 18 Feb 2020 - Law 15

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Clip 1 - 13 Feb 2020 - Law 9

Clip 1 - 13 Feb 2020 - Law 9

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