Knock-out: In case of a draw

On this weekend there are three finals and six semifinals. In each of those nine matches there must be a winner. But what happens in the case of a draw?

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Most bizarre TMO call

The Sydney prop who scored Rugby Union's first ever 'own try' says he's still a bit stunned by the refereeing howler that's gone viral around the world.

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Referees to 19 October 2014

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.

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Eighteen-month ban for ref abuse

The Golden Lions Rugby Union has slapped a hefty ban on a player for 'blatant disrespect' of a match official.

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Rasta leaves SA shores

South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge has left South African shores and will be based in Brisbane, with the approval of SA Referees.

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Morrison Back in the Saddle

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.

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Gold Coast Match Officials

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.

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Referees for 37 November Tests

The International Rugby Board has appointed referees for the November Tests, starting on November 1 and ending on November 29.

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Referees to 12 October 2014

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.

Davies, Owens start new competitions

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.

Young referee goes to Paris

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.

Referee to 5 October 2014

It's the last round of SANZAR's rugby championship but, never fear, there will be Tests, this time in Europe.

Bounty on a referee's head

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: An age-group player recently put a price on a referee's head - R1 000 to any player who tackles the match official.

Referees to 28 September 2014

Tests are back this week with the fifth round of SANZAR's Rugby championship and the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers between in Russia and Uruguay with George Clancy of Ireland to help the game along.

Referees to 21 September 2014

As spring breaks out in the southern hemisphere and autumn closes in in the north, there are no Test matches but lots of other activities in south and north.

Hansen: 'Rip up the rule book'

All Black coach Steve Hansen called for Rugby Union to "rip up the rule book" and simplify its laws after a string of officiating blunders.

Referees to 14 September 2014

New Zealand are now top of the Rugby Championship and renew their ancient rivalry with South Africa for top dog in the rugby world with Jérôme Garcès to referee the match, hopefully without controversy.