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Referees to 1 February 2015

January ends, the European pools have ended and soon the Six Nations and Super Rugby will start.

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Super Rugby's rookie refs revealed

NEWS: At their annual course for referees in Manly, Sydney, SANZAR revealed its 16 referees for Super Rugby in 2015.

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Too Many Yellow Cards

World Rugby (nee IRB) has issued a memorandum, written by Tim Gresson, the chairman of its judicial panel, on accumulated yellow cards and warnings by the citing commissioner.

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Safer scrums through BokSmart

The modern scrum with all is processes, despite criticism at many levels, is proving safer according to BokSmart - a lot safer.

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Referees for crucial Euro matches

Europe's competitions enter the crucial stage this weekend with the end of the pool matches. The teams for the quarterfinals will be decided.

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Referees for Warm-ups

Now that rugby is a summer sport, competitions start early and so there are warm-up matches. And even such friendlies need referees.

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Referees to 18 January 2015

European Cup and Challenge Cup are back in action this weekend and dominate the appointments. There are also two qualifying matches.

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Referees to 11 January 2015

The year is quickly becoming serious as already there is one eye on the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales later this year. For players and organisers it will be a testing and busy time with even more emphasis on next month's internationals.

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Refs: good, bad, ugly

FEATURE: rugby365 guru Paul Dobson says it has been a year for referees, as much as any other year - a year of highs and lows.

Referees to 3 January 2015

And so to the New Year and the annual hope that the New Year will be better. It would be a great year for referees if not one was disappointed with an appointment, there was no criticism anywhere and abuse of referees was as remote a part of the past as public hanging.

History: From no-one to sole judge

In the beginning there were no referees. The need for referees is ongoing proof of the existence of original sin and human fallibility. Man could not honestly or objectively run a game. He needed somebody impartial to do the judging for him.

Referees for Europe, Rounds 5 & 6

European Professional Club Rugby has announced the referees for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

First Woman on Irish Panel

The Irish Rugby Football Union has made Helen O'Reilly the first female appointment to its national referees' panel in a move that could eventually see her officiate in Pro12 and European Champions Cup matches.

Ref appointments: Happy whistling

A Joyous and Blessed Christmas to all of good will who have rugby refereeing at heart. It is a wonderful and loving time of the year that would be even greater if it lasted all year.

Referees to 21 December 2014

It's time for families to draw closer as Christmas comes and a time for rugby's social unit, the clubs, to have their time to come together. There are no Tests this weekend - just clubs in action.

Referees for PE Knock-outs

World Rugby's Sevens Series enters its knock-out stage on Sunday with the quarterfinals of the cup and the bowl. Referees have been appointed to these matches and the appointments to semifinals and then the finals will depend on what happens in the quarterfinals.

Referees for PE 7s

The third round of the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens Series starts in Port Elizabeth this weekend and the match officials have been appointed to each match.

Four SA refs for Six Nations

World Rugby, the new name for the IRB, has announced the names of the match officials for the 2015 Six Nations including four South Africans.