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It's much, much quieter on the international front this week but the IRB's Sevens Series for 2013-14 gets going again in Dubai with tournaments for men and for women.
The SA Referees' Association announced its new panels for 2014. Three changes are obvious - the absence of Jonathan Kaplan, the promotion of Jaco van Heerden and the return of Christie du Preez.
England's Rugby Football Union has suspended Premiership referee David Rose who appeared in court on Monday to answer a benefit fraud charge.
It's the third week of the Test window this week, the last week though there will still be some more afterwards.
The Varsity Cup will lend itself to further refereeing experimentation, with the tournament set to employ two referees in every fixture in 2014.
England play New Zealand at Twickenham, the big match of the weekend, and for the third time in three matches this month they have a South African referee.
Tests galore this week. The North-South Tests gain momentum and the are European Nations Cup matches and World Cup Qualifiers. It's a busy time for the world's top referees.
SANZAR announced the Super Rugby referees for 2014, with Marius van der Westhuizen of South Africa one of two new members on the panel.
November starts with great feasts - All Saints, All Souls and lots of Tests.
The first NPC Final was in 1992 with the great Dave Bishops to referee it. He did so twice and then was followed by his schoolmate Colin Hawke who was followed by Paddy O'Brien, making the Final almost a South Island preserve for referees.
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