Kaplan hangs up his whistle

February 12, 2013 2
Record-breaking South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire from professional refereeing at the end of the 2013 South African season. Release The 46-year-old Kaplan, who has refereed more Tests, Vodacom Super Rugby and Absa Currie Cup matches than anyone in history, steps down after 21 years on SARU’s elite panels. “Rugby has been my…

Video killing the Rugby star?

January 15, 2013 33
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. Yesterday I read about the law changes for the Super Rugby competition of 2013 – nothing earth shattering but there were some interesting changes. For…

Paddy, Bryce gone

March 24, 2012 19
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. Radio New Zealand New Zealander Paddy O'Brien has been moved sideways at the International Rugby Board, after seven years as the…

Ref’s getting down and dirty

January 31, 2012 2
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. South Africa’s top referees scrummed against each and were given master classes from top coaches as part of a recently completed four-day training camp prior to the start of the…

Rugby’s credibility is suffering

October 24, 2011 125
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. Article originally published on The Science of Sport website So 24 years of waiting is over for New Zealand, who beat France 8-7…

Peyper becomes SA’s 65th test ref

July 14, 2011 0
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. Peyper, refereed at last year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina; and at this year’s tournament which was held in Italy where he took charge of the…

Stormers get Joubert

June 22, 2011 2
SANZAR has confirmed the four referees who will control matches in the Super Rugby Finals Series over the next three weekends. The SANZAR Referee Selection Team has appointed Bryce Lawrence, Chris Pollock, Jonathan Kaplan and Craig Joubert to control the two Finals Series Qualifiers, the two Semi Finals and the Final. Lawrence and Pollock will…

Ref’s struggling with the pace?

June 20, 2011 6
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. Sport24 ''You watch the game at the moment; the number of tries being scored from forward passes is ridiculous,'' Henry said. ''I just wonder what…