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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 selected for the 2015/16 World Rugby Sevens Series. The South African referee will link up with his new colleagues following the completion of Rugby World Cup 2015 and ahead of the […]

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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 on Thursday. Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper, who will officiate at the Rugby World Cup in September and October, have signed contract extensions for a further four years, while Rasta Rasivhenge […]

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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 I do not think that is legal. My first reaction was that McCaw came into the lineout to quickly and should have been penalized. According to the supersport.comwebsite, replays of the […]

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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 the effect that the employment of André Watson, the General Manager Referees, with SARU has been terminated. At the beginning of this year, a number of people within the Referees’ Department […]

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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 come to a head at a meeting with an independent arbitrator. The result is that there was a hearing on Thursday and Friday of last week involving the arbitrator and members […]

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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 Rugby World Cup in England, while Stuart Berry and Shaun Veldsman were named as assistant referee and Television Match Official (TMO) respectively. Joubert became the second South African referee (SARU’s General […]

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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 outside of rugby. The 43-year-old is a veteran of four Rugby World Cups. Walsh made his Super Rugby refereeing debut in 1997 and took charge of a Test match for the first […]

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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 the ongoing problems at scrum time by It has taken just two rounds for the key set-piece to become a focal point in Super Rugby, with countless resets wasting huge […]

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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 to the season than the early-season horrors that plagued 2014.   By: Georgina Robinson from Rugby Heaven Argentine Francisco Pastrana, Australian James Leckie and South African Lourens van der Merwe did not make […]

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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 join five compatriots in the competition this year, SANZAR announced on Monday. Van Heerden, a Pretoria-born Advocate, will join local referees Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and […]

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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 made it clear that it wants to protect the vulnerable defending jumper in the air. And so Wales finally managed to beat a team from the south. It was no less […]

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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 Coles were both shown yellow cards on Saturday which could have been avoided if the referee concerned had used a bit of common sense. Strauss was sent to the […]

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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 Saturday, with Jaco Peyper and Pro Legoete named as the assistant referees. Legoete has also been tasked with handling the Absa Under-21 A Division final between DHL Western Province and the […]

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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 been named as the referees for the two Absa Currie Cup Premier Division semi-finals on Saturday.   The match official appointments for the provincial play-off matches this weekend were […]