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Sanzaar referees boss Lyndon Bray set to issue warning to all Super Rugby teams

Super Rugby referee boss Lyndon Bray has issued a warning to Super Rugby players after it seems the Highlanders Ben Smith confronted the referee Nick Briant...

Super Rugby referees fo r2018

So for those who are interested SANZAAR has announced the referee team that will officiate the 2018 Super Rugby season. With the Super Rugby tournament format reducing...

Legoete named Golden Lions top referee for 2017

Pro Legoete was crowned as the Golden Lions Rugby Union top referee at a gala function in Midrand on Thursday evening. Legoete has walked away...

Nigel Owens to take charge of French v Springboks

The Springboks can at least not complain about the referee that will take charge of their second test on tour against France. They will be...

Peyper gets Super Rugby final

SANZAAR has decided to ignore it fans yet again in not appointing a neutral referee to handle the Super Rugby Final this weekend between...

Cotton(One) Eyed Joe

In a game that not many gave the Lions a chance to win after a dismal performance against the Sharks the previous week was...

Super Rugby’s poor decision to stop neutral refs

Eliminate the perception. It really is that simple, By: Liam Napier Liam Napier is a sports writer for NZME Accusing referees of bias in the modern age is...

Peyper to referee Lions v Hurricanes semi

You can see and take it as you want but Jaco Peyper will be in charge of the Lions and Hurricanes semi-final this weekend...

Kaplan reveals the challenges of controlling an All Blacks test

World Rugby's most experienced referee has opened up on the "challenges" of controlling All Blacks tests and warned match officials to be vigilant of...

‘TMO should say sorry to Cheetahs’

Brendan Venter says Johan Greeff should have apologised to the Cheetahs for disallowing a legitimate try against the Crusaders last Saturday. The Cheetahs were trailing...

Barrett-Theron continues to break new ground

Top female referee Aimee Barrett-Theron on Monday continued to break new ground by becoming the first female referee on SA Rugby’s national panel to...

The man in the middle

SANZAAR has announced the 19-man referee team that will officiate the 2017 Super Rugby season. It contains a mix of seasoned professionals, several referees...

Springboks gets French referee Garces for England clash

The match officials for this week's action have been confirmed, with France's Jérôme Garcès handed the England versus South Africa clash.  It seems that the...

Last round of Rugby Championship to be controlled by French referees

It's the last round of SANZAAR's rugby championship which New Zealand had won by Round 3, if not Round 1. There are two finals in...

Jadezweni third SA referee to make Test debut

Cwengile Jadezweni will become the third of South Africa’s young and upcoming refereering corps to make his Test debut this year when he takes...

Joubert to take whistle at Newlands

SANZAAR on Tuesday announced the match official appointments for the opening rounds of Vodacom Super Rugby, with Craig Joubert, the most experienced referee on...

Referees prepare for law variations in Super Rugby

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos today confirmed that the Super Rugby referees, under the guidance of Game Manager Lyndon Bray, gathered in Sydney for their...

Slight Law Changes for 2016 Super Rugby

South Africa's top match officials met in Newlands for its annual course and were told small changes to the laws..by SA Referees Website The changes...

New bonus point system for Super Rugby

There are a few new regulations this year for Super Rugby teams to adapt to0, and one of the most significant changes comes with...

Law changes set for 2016

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...

Chris Pollock retires from international rugby

New Zealand's most senior referee, Chris Pollock, has retired from international rugby. Pollock, 43, has returned to full-time teaching in his home province of Hawke's...

This is not “Poofball”….referees to crack down on players

Referees at the Rugby World Cup have been instructed to take swift action against players found to be diving or feigning injury. World Rugby match...

Joubert selected to referee Sevens

World Rugby has announced that Rugby World Cup 2011 final referee Craig Joubert has made the cut for the team of 12 match officials...

Three top referees renewed contracts with SARU

Three of South Africa’s leading referees have renewed their contracts with the South African Rugby Union for a further four years, the organisation announced...

Was McCaw’s try legal?

When McCaw went over the try line on Saturday to score what was the winning try, I turned to my friend and said that...

André Watson’s employment terminated

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) today confirmed the arbitration award that was issued by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to...

Hoffmann demoted over officiating in NSW Waratahs’ win over Sharks

Australian referee Rohan Hoffmann and New Zealand television match official Vinny Munro have been singled out for their poor officiating in round 14 of...

Referees´ Dispute

Some members of the South African Rugby Referees Association (SARRA) are at loggerheads with SARU's manager of referees, André Watson, and this has now...

Two SA Referees in World Cup group

Two of South Africa’s elite referees, Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper, have been named in an experienced 12-man referee panel to officiate at the...

Steve Walsh retires from Rugby

The Australian Rugby Union today announced international referee Steve Walsh has retired from all forms of match officiating with immediate effect to pursue business interests...

Coaches responsible for scrum woes: Blackadder

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has come to the defence of Super Rugby's under-fire referees, saying coaches need to shoulder much of the responsibility for...

Three referees dumped from Super Rugby panel

Three referees including one Australian have been dumped from the Super Rugby line up as SANZAR referees boss Lyndon Bray demands a cleaner start...

Van Heerden get Super Rugby promotion

Van Heerden promoted to Vodacom Super Rugby panel South African referee Jaco van Heerden has been promoted to the Vodacom Super Rugby panel and will...

Kaplan – “Yellow card was harsh”

Jonathan Kaplan, who refereed in 68 Tests during his career, points out on his website Rate The Ref, that World Rugby (formerly IRB) has...

Rate the Ref – Common Sense should be use

Jonathan Kaplan looks at two yellow card decisions this weekend which lacked common sense....by Jonathan Kaplan - Rate the Ref   Hookers Adriaan Strauss and Dane...

Joubert to take whistle in final

Craig Joubert will take charge of the Absa Currie Cup final between DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on...

Referees named for provincial playoffs

    Stuart Berry will be in charge of the Absa Currie Cup First Division Final on Friday while Pro Legoete and Jaco van Heerden have...

Kaplan happy with French referee

What a difference a week makes… by Jonathan Kaplan www.ratetheref.co.za  We saw 2 very good test matches, particularly the NZ v Boks game played in...

Peyper admits he made mistakes

South African referee Jaco Peyper has admitted to a series wrong decisions he made during last week’s draw between Australia and New Zeeland. New Zeeland...

Reffing hell: Middle men ruining rugby

Another big game, another poor refereeing performance - world rugby is not far from crisis in regard to the state of officialdom- by Gregor...

Craig Joubert incharge of Final

  Craig Joubert of South Africa has been appointed to referee the Vodacom Super Rugby Final between the Waratahs and the Crusaders in Sydney on...

Q&A with Andre Watson

The past couple of weeks we saw a number of senior players and captains questioning almost ever decision on the field that the...

Back to Business for EPRU Referees

The Eastern Province Rugby Referees Society will return to adjudicating Eastern Province Rugby Union club matches from today, after EPRU cancelled all club games...

Refs ‘go on strike’ in EP

The Eastern Province Referees' Society informed their union that they would not be providing referees to club matches for this coming Saturday because of...

Robotic refereeing ruins rugby

In the wake of Canadian Jebb Sinclair's controversial red card, we ask whether today's referees possess true empathy for the game. "If that's a penalty,...

Holding back deserves a card – Kaplan

Top retired referee Jonathan Kaplan has called on referees to stamp out the illegal tactic of holding players back in rugby games as he...

IRB: Poite needs to ref Boks

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has defended its decision to allow controversial French referee, Romain Poite, to take charge of a Springbok Test later...

Fellow SA refs hail Kaplan

Fellow South African referees have paid tribute to Jonathan Kaplan, who recently retired from top level refereeing. Kaplan, who was the first referee to take...

Law discussion: Using the TMO

Last weekend was a ragged one in Test rugby - a plethora of sanctionary cards, ridiculously poor playing surfaces and much time spent waiting...

Kaplan to referee Final

Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee the Currie Cup Final at Newlands on Saturday. It is a wonderful way to for him to end...