Pascal Gauzere referees his first Final in the French Championship on Sunday, the newest in a line of referees stretching back, war breaks apart, to 1892.
It's a quiet time at present - the quiet before storms break out with Tests all over the world and then the World Cup.
Europe has virtually closed down now as it moves into the joys of aestivation, but SANZAR's Super Rugby is becoming heated amidst the winter chill.
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.
There are finals this week - always great but tense occasions which bring out the best in referees and the closest scrutiny of them.
World Rugby, formerly the IRB, has sent out a memorandum intended to reach all levels of rugby on dangerous tackles.
Crunch time becomes more nerve-wracking with knock-out matches to find out who wins, cup or promotion, or who avoids or suffers relegation.
APPOINTMENTS: SANZAR refereeing boss Lyndon Bray has pulled no punches over the poor standard of refereeing in recent weeks.
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.
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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