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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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