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Referees for Eastertide 2015

This week is Holy Week and Lent ends in the alleluias of Easter, not just a time of prayer and chocolate eggs but also a time of rugby.

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Matsaung - doing his referee bit

One of three ex-players who played provincial rugby and have become referees is Mpho Matsaung of Griqualand West.

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Jacques Nieuwenhuis - RWC to Referee

Jacques Nieuwenhuis went to two Rugby World Cups as a player - France in 2007 and New Zealand in 2011. Now, just turned 35, he is a referee and loving it.

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Seconds - Stormer to Referee

Egon Seconds was a great wing in his day - fast, elusive, skilful. Now, 34 years of age, he is set fair to becoming a top referee.

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Top Player to Referee

Just recently some ex-players who played top rugby have become referees. Three of these are in South Africa - provincial players, one a Super Rugby player, one an international player. It is a most encouraging phenomenon.

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Referees to 30 March 2015

Calm. Refereeing sails into relatively calm waters this weekend as the Six Nations and the European Nations Cup both end.

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Walsh hangs up his whistle

Steve Walsh, a rugby referee in the top category of rugby referees, is to end his career with immediate effect.

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Refs: Big three for big games

MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS: It's the last round of the Six Nations, with all to play for in all three matches this coming weekend.

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White card working

Almost half of the White Card referrals in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International matches have been successful, and the initiative is making an impressive impact in overturning foul play.

Referees to 16 March 2015

It's the penultimate round of the 2015 Six Nations this weekend with the crucial clash in Cardiff when Wales host the log leaders Ireland.. Ireland are the only unbeaten side but Wales, who have lost once, are not without a chance to win the championship.

Referees for Europe's quarterfinals

European Professional Club Rugby has announced the referees for the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup over the weekend of 3-5 April 2015.

Referees to 9 March 2015

The Six Nations has a rest this week before the final burst of two matches each. But there is a lot of enthusiastic rugby taking place, including the start of the NACRA Championship in the Caribbean.

Remarkable referee dies

Before France played Wales at Stade de France on Saturday, France paid its respects to a remarkable referee, Bernard Marie who was 96 when he died.

Time clarification

World Rugby has sent out a clarification of Law 5 by the designated members of its Rugby Committee. Such a clarification is not (yet) law but has the force of law.

Deon in Shaun's Place

Deon van Blommestein will be flying to Dublin tomorrow to act as TMO in the crunch match between Ireland and England. He takes the place of Shaun Veldsman who is in hospital and who has great news.

Veldman's Good News

This morning Shaun Veldsman is still in the Mediclinic at Stellenbosch but with uplifted spirits.

Referees to 2 March 2015

The Six Nations is back in action this week after a week off and Super Rugby rumbles on.

Veldsman stabbed

TMO Shaun Veldsman was stabbed on his way home to Robertson afte the Newlands match between the Stormers and the Blues.