Law discussion: Boot to ball

March 14, 2016 40

TweetThere was considerable discussion of the penalty try and yellow card in the match between the Stormers and the Sharks on Saturday….writes SA Rugby Referees There was lots of upset people with the decision. South […]

Law changes set for 2016

December 24, 2015 0

Tweet World Rugby has announced that a number of minor amendments and closed law trials will come into effect in 2016. A number of minor law amendments approved and announced in September will come into […]

Law discussion: PT & YC Jacques Portgieter

June 29, 2015 5

TweetReferees do not make laws but they are required to apply those others have made……by: Rugby365 In Sydney the Waratahs were penalised five metres from their line. Lima Sopoaga, the Highlanders’ flyhalf must, shaped to […]

When will SANZAR do something on Tip Tackles?

March 25, 2015 0

TweetThere are so many opinions on dangerous play in the world of rugby, which include hitting a player, stamping on a player, kicking a player and the dangerous “Tip Tackle” (Spear Tackle). By: Jacques Nortier […]

Holding back deserves a card – Kaplan

May 22, 2014 4

TweetTop retired referee Jonathan Kaplan has called on referees to stamp out the illegal tactic of holding players back in rugby games as he spoke to SuperSport. Much of the attention these past few days […]

To Card or not to card?

April 15, 2014 2

TweetDuring the 50th minute of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Brumbies at the Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane on Friday, a strange thing happened. Source: SuperSport Reds scrumhalf Wil Genia dived […]

‘Bulls’ mauls are totally illegal’

April 3, 2014 2

TweetHurricanes coach Mark Hammett has dubbed the Bulls deadly rolling mauls from lineouts as ”totally illegal”, but says there will be no pre-match approach to the referee or post-match whinge.

Four ways to fix the scrum

March 18, 2014 16

Tweet“In New Zealand, from a young age you are taught how to destabilise a scrum.” – Edward Pye, a Roar pro on The Roar.

IRB change ‘yes, nine’ call(Update)

January 7, 2014 19

Tweet IRB is to ditch the current “yes, nine” scrum call in favour of a non-verbal, pre-agreed instruction. This change will take place with immediate effect, and is being introduced at all levels of the game […]

Is the scrum still a factor?

December 29, 2013 8

Tweet There was a time when the scrum was the game. It was won by a goal but the road to the goal was the scrum. Then there was a time when it was regarded […]

Rugby comes second to dodgy refs

December 16, 2013 4

TweetNew Zealand achievements were rivalled for attention and at times even overshadowed by the TMO and refereeing incompetence that blighted 2013.

Laws making rugby messier

November 29, 2013 8

TweetThe more they change the laws, the bigger the mess – with referees and TMO’s making their own contributions.

Is technology really helping us?(Update)

September 10, 2013 13

Tweet TMO and referee decisions have come under fire in the last couple of weeks in the ABSA Currie Cup. Most of this has to do with referees and their TMO assistant’s interpretation of the […]

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