Europe's new competitions start with weekend with Nigel Owens to get the European Cup started on Friday while the Challenge Cup starts on Thursday with Ian Davies to referee.
The Golden Lions Rugby Union has slapped a hefty ban on a player for 'blatant disrespect' of a match official.
South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge has left South African shores and will be based in Brisbane, with the approval of SA Referees.
Ed Morrison, one of rugby's great referees and England's former refereeing boss, is back. PRO12 Rugby has appointed him as a refereeing consultant.
It is the opening match of the IRB's Sevens Series in Gold Coast, Australia, this weekend. The appointments of match officials for Day 1 are made known.
The International Rugby Board has appointed referees for the November Tests, starting on November 1 and ending on November 29.
This weekend there is a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo, the second and decisive leg between Uruguay and Russia and two competitions get going - CONSUR's South American C Championship and the Americas Championship for national A/B teams.
The referees have been appointed to the brand new European Champions and Challenge Cup. Tow Welshmen get the competitions going - Ian Davies in the Challenge Cup and Nigel Owens in the Champions Cup.
Jaco van Heerden, a young referee who has made great strides this year, is overjoyed at the news that he is to head for France on Thursday to referee two club matches, the first South African referee to referee such matches.
It's the last round of SANZAR's rugby championship but, never fear, there will be Tests, this time in Europe.
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