World Cup Officials Prepare

The match officials are having their first preparatory meeting for the 2-015 Rugby World Cup with a gathering at friendly Arcachon between the sea and the vineyards.

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Referees to 31 May 2015

There are finals this week - always great but tense occasions which bring out the best in referees and the closest scrutiny of them.

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Woirld Rugby on Dangerous Tackles

World Rugby, formerly the IRB, has sent out a memorandum intended to reach all levels of rugby on dangerous tackles.

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Referees to 24 May 2015

Crunch time becomes more nerve-wracking with knock-out matches to find out who wins, cup or promotion, or who avoids or suffers relegation.

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SANZAR 'axe' errant refs

APPOINTMENTS: SANZAR refereeing boss Lyndon Bray has pulled no punches over the poor standard of refereeing in recent weeks.

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EP Club Players get Life

Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has banned three club players for lifeSARU applauds EPRU for life ban sentences given to referee’s assailants and SARU has priased them for it.

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Referees to 17 May 2015

In Europe crunch time is on the horizon. It has two different components - being champions and being relegated. Crowning champions is joyful for some, bitter disappointment for others. Winning and losing a final immediately becomes history but the process of promotion or relegation has huge implications for the future.

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Laws Review Starts

World Rugby has begun the process of looking at the laws which have come under increasing scrutiny as the game is perceived to have become increasing stodgy and predictable. World Rugby, rugby's lawmakers who were previously called the International Rugby Board, have issued a press release on the process of change.

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Referees to 10 May 2015

The big European matches ended last week with that thriller at Twickenham, won narrowly by Toulon who had just four Frenchmen in their starting XV. Europe is clearly an elastic place!

Referees to 3 May 2015

It's all eyes on Twickenham this week with the Challenge Cup Final at The Stoop and the Cup Final at the stadium. The referees, especially Nigel Owens and Jérôme Garcès, will be well prepared and enthusiastic.

Suggested Law changes

OPINION: Alan Zondagh has made some suggestions for law changes which could break the cycle of stodgy predictability plaguing the game.

Referees in European Cup Finals

Unsurprisingly, Nigel Owens of Wales has been appointed by the European Professional Rugby Clubs (EPRC) to referee the Final of the Champions Cup while Jérôme Garcès of France will referee the Challenge Cup Final.

Referees to 26 April 2015

Europe's finalists were decided last weekend and now it's back to club contests - but with internationals in Europe, Asia and South America. No rest for referees.

Referees to 19 April 2015

Europe is back in cut-throat action with the semifinals. There is a Final in Scotland and a Final in Spain. In South Africa, Varsity Cup has its Finals.

Referees' dispute: No outcome

Some members of the South African Rugby Referees Association (SARRA) are at loggerheads with SARU's manager of referees, André Watson.

Referees for Europe's semis

European Professional Club Rugby has announced the referees for the semifinals of their Champions Cup and Challenge Cup this weekend.

The penalty Blues

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at the Blues team's recent complaints about penalties against them.

SANZAR warn Cheika and Peyper

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and South African referee Jaco Peyper have both been reprimanded by SANZAR for their 'inappropriate' conduct.