Joubert to take whistle at Newlands

February 23, 2016 6
[caption id="attachment_62407" align="alignleft" width="176"]  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)[/caption] SANZAAR on Tuesday announced the match official appointments for the opening rounds of Vodacom Super Rugby, with Craig Joubert, the most experienced referee on the panel, handed the highly-anticipated North-South derby between the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, 27 February. Joining Joubert on…

Referees prepare for law variations in Super Rugby

February 2, 2016 0
SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos today confirmed that the Super Rugby referees, under the guidance of Game Manager Lyndon Bray, gathered in Sydney for their annual training camp while the Executive Committee had approved a series of law variations as the countdown continues to kick-off on February 27. "The 2016 referee squad contains 22 members, of…

Slight Law Changes for 2016 Super Rugby

January 21, 2016 0
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 make things clearer, always a good idea for laws. 1. Maul When a team forms a maul and the ball is taken from the ball-carrier, the new ball-carrier is not…

New bonus point system for Super Rugby

January 21, 2016 8
There are a few new regulations this year for Super Rugby teams to adapt to0, and one of the most significant changes comes with the bonus point system. SANZAR will use a different try-scoring bonus point system for the 2016 season of Super Rugby which will see a team to have scored more than three…

Law changes set for 2016

December 24, 2015 0
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 effect in the southern hemisphere on 1 January and 1 July in the northern hemisphere. 2016 will also see a programme…

Chris Pollock retires from international rugby

November 12, 2015 1
[caption id="attachment_59445" align="aligncenter" width="620"] PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS[/caption] 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 Bay. Pollock was on the refereeing panel for the recent Rugby World Cup and refereed his last match as an assistant in the third-place playoff…

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

September 17, 2015 2
Referees at the Rugby World Cup have been instructed to take swift action against players found to be diving or feigning injury. [caption id="attachment_57347" align="aligncenter" width="560"]  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)[/caption] World Rugby match officials selection committee John Jeffrey revealed any player found guilty of such an offence would be sin-binned or even banned, as…

Joubert selected to referee Sevens

August 25, 2015 2
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…

Three top referees renewed contracts with SARU

August 6, 2015 0
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…

Was McCaw’s try legal?

July 28, 2015 13
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…

André Watson’s employment terminated

July 3, 2015 6
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…

Hoffmann demoted over officiating in NSW Waratahs’ win over Sharks

May 18, 2015 0
Australian referee Rohan Hoffmann and New Zealand television match official Vinny Munro have been singled out for their poor officiating in round 14 of the Super Rugby over the weekend in SANZAR's weekly review into performances. By: Rugby Heaven  A SANZAR statement released late on Monday afternoon on match official appointments for round 15 did…

Referees´ Dispute

April 14, 2015 1
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…

Two SA Referees in World Cup group

April 8, 2015 1
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…

Steve Walsh retires from Rugby

March 20, 2015 7
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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