Record-breaking South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire from professional refereeing at the end of the 2013 South African season.
Rugby just would not be rugby if we went into a new year without some law changes or amendments, and the boys at the IRB and SANZAR did not disappoint.
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.
Referee’s for once found themselves on the other side of the whistle as they tried to get a better understanding of the intricacies of scrumming.
Respected sport scientist and long standing friend of RuggaWorld, Dr. Ross Tucker, offers his views on the Rugby World Cup and specifically referees and how their performance is damaging the game’s credibility.
The 31-year-old Jaco Peyper will become South Africa’s 65th Test referee when he takes charge of the International match featuring Kenya and Zimbabwe on the 23 July 2011.
SANZAR has confirmed the four referees who will control matches in the Super Rugby Finals Series over the next three weekends.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry is continuing to apply pressure on the referees, arguing that during this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby tournament they have failed in the most elementary areas.