Referees

Reffing hell: Middle men ruining rugby

August 19, 2014
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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 Paul from NZ Herald Jaco Peyper’s confusing and erratic decisions in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash have meant confidence isn’t high that the Rugby Championship will fulfil its potential as...
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Craig Joubert incharge of Final

July 28, 2014
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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 Saturday, SANZAR has announced. It will be the third time that Joubert will referee the Vodacom Super Rugby Final. His first final at this level was in 2010 in...
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Q&A with Andre Watson

July 24, 2014
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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 referees are making. We also saw the strike by EP Referee’s last weekend over the abuse that they must tolerate week in and week out. I was able to pop a...
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Back to Business for EPRU Referees

July 21, 2014
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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 last weekend over the poor treatment of referees. Eastern Province Rugby Union President, Cheeky Watson, confirmed that he had met with the referees last week to address their concerns. “EPRU...
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Refs ‘go on strike’ in EP

July 18, 2014
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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 the unpleasant treatment of referees at club matches. – Rugby365 The Union discussed the matter and decided to call off all club matches this weekend. André Watson, South Africa’s manager...
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Robotic refereeing ruins rugby

June 18, 2014
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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, then rugby’s gone soft.” “But of course you have to penalise an elbow to the face!” “We may as well play touch rugby from now on.” “It was a...
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Holding back deserves a card – Kaplan

May 22, 2014
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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 spoke to SuperSport. Much of the attention these past few days has been focused on the red card given to Sharks flanker Jean Deysel and his three-week ban for making...
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IRB: Poite needs to ref Boks

April 2, 2014
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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 this year. The Boks start their season with a match against a World XV on June 7 (venue to be confirmed but believed to be in Cape Town). They then...
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Fellow SA refs hail Kaplan

December 19, 2013
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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 charge of 50 Test matches, enjoyed an illustrious career which featured a series of memorable matches, including taking charge of fixtures at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 IRB Rugby...
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Law discussion: Using the TMO

November 20, 2013
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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 for the TMO. The use of the television match official (TMO) has been extended in rugby and, it seems, the time spent TMO-ing around has also lengthened. People want the...
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Kaplan to referee Final

October 22, 2013
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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 his career as a professional referee in South Africa. The Currie Cup has been in competition since 1892 but there have been finals only since 1939. In all 26...
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Jafta, Roos not ‘suspended’, just removed!

October 2, 2013
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Jafta, Roos not ‘suspended’, just removed!

Referee Jason Jafta and TMO Willie Roos won’t feature in the next few weeks of Currie Cup action, but neither official has been suspended. By: Jan de Koning Social media has been abuzz with rumours that Jaftha has been suspended for three weeks, apparently as a result of some howlers by the match official...
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Time now to move on

September 18, 2013
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Time now to move on

In the wake of the raucous chorus of indignation it may be a good idea to try to clear up some wild misconceptions in the hope that they could calm some of the storm. By: Paul Dobson There is a massive outcry in South Africa over one refereeing error – an error which has...
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Is technology really helping us?(Update)

September 10, 2013
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Is technology really helping us?(Update)

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 laws and how it is applied, but then there are those decisions which are quite simply baffling. This past weekend...
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‘Rebels’ penalty try was a mistake’ – Bray

May 22, 2013
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Brenden Nel from SuperSport.com reports that SANZAR referee’s boss, Lyndon Bray, admitted that the penalty try awarded to the Rebels in the last minutes of the game against the Stormers was an ‘honest mistake’.
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The TMO – Fix it, or get rid of it

May 21, 2013
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The TMO – Fix it, or get rid of it

In the beginning of the year I wrote an article expressing my concern on the effect the extended power to the TMO will have in the game in this year’s competition – with some justification it now seems.
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Referees for 1st rounds of Super Rugby announced

February 13, 2013
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SANZAR has announced the referee appointments for the first four rounds of the 2013 Super Rugby season, which kicks off with the Rebels hosting the Force on Friday 15 February.
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Kaplan hangs up his whistle

February 12, 2013
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Record-breaking South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire from professional refereeing at the end of the 2013 South African season.
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The hit is a miss

January 7, 2013
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The hit is a miss

This time of year rugby lovers (in the Southern Hemisphere) are forced to sit through the best Europe has to offer if they want their weekly rugby union fix and it has been interesting in some aspects to see what is happening up North.
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Are refs just making stuff up?

January 4, 2013
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Are refs just making stuff up?

It has long been suspected that referees are guessing when it comes to calls at scrum or ruck time, but blatantly making laws up as they go along?
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Refs for Super Rugby announced

December 19, 2012
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SANZAR today announced an 18-man strong referee team for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.
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Jonker retires from international refereeing

December 5, 2012
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Leading South African referee Marius Jonker has announced his retirement from international match officiating, although he will continue to referee in South Africa’s domestic competitions.
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Peyper to ref CC final

October 22, 2012
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Jaco Peyper has been rewarded for his outstanding performances in the 2012 season by being named as referee for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final in Durban (kick off 17h00). Peyper, who made his test debut at Tier 1 international level in 2012, will take charge of the match between The Sharks and DHL Western...
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TMO’s expansion to be trialed in CC

June 29, 2012
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TMO’s expansion to be trialed in CC

Proposals to extend the powers of television match officials (TMOs) will be trialled in this year’s Absa Currie Cup, which kicks off later on Friday with the first of four matches in the new, eight-team Absa First Division.
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IRB introduces new law amendments

May 16, 2012
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IRB introduces new law amendments

The International Rugby Board and its Member Unions have sanctioned a global trial of five aspects of Law amendments following an extensive process of consultation and evaluation.
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Paddy, Bryce gone

March 24, 2012
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Paddy, Bryce gone

In news which will make just about every South African smile, it has been confirmed that IRB’s referee’s boss Paddy O’Brien will move onto Sevens with Bryce Lawrence being dropped from the elite panel.
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Ref got Cheetahs scrum calls wrong

March 13, 2012
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Ref got Cheetahs scrum calls wrong

Brenden Nel writing for SuperSport.com reports that SANZAR referee’s boss, Lyndon Bray, admitted that there was a ‘big imbalance’ in the way the scrums were handled between the Cheetahs and Brumbies over the weekend.
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Watson hits back at Lions coach for ref rant

March 13, 2012
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Watson hits back at Lions coach for ref rant

South African referees boss André Watson says Lions coach John Mitchell was wrong to criticise the assistant referees after his side lost to the Sharks in Durban over the weekend.
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