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SA Refereeing Panels for 2019

Banks Yantolo, the manager of South African referees, has announced the match officials' panels for 2019. There are few changes.

The Premier Panel is unchanged. Aimee Barrett-Theron is back on the panel after a successful 2018 in which she refereed Currie Cup Division 1 matches and in November refereed two Tests. He last match for the year was England vs Ireland at Twickenham, on a day in which Jaco Peyper refereed the match between England and Australia - two South African referees refereeing Tests at Twickenham on the same day, a unique occasion.

Stuart Berry, Quinton Immelman and Cwengile Jadezweni refereed PRO14 matches. Berry refereed the final earlier in the year when Leinster played the Scarlets in Dublin.

Egon Seconds refe...

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Ben Heads for the USA

South African referee Ben Crouse will break new ground when he takes up the whistle in the USA’s Major League Rugby (MLR) competition on a five-week assignment in February...

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Referees to 20 January 2019

This is the last round of pool matches for European Professional Club Rugby's Champions Cup, the Challenge Cup and the Continental Shield There is then an abeyance to March...

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Rugby and applying its Laws

Leo Tolstoy wrote in the 1860s: “Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.”...

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Referees to 13 January 2019

European action is back in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup. It is the penultimate round of pool play....

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Referees to 15 December 2018

  As Christmas gets closer, club rugby continues to rule. In the case of EPCR rugby, it is club rugby of the highest calibre....

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Ben Heads for the USA

Ben Heads for the USA

South African referee Ben Crouse will break new ground when he takes up the whistle in the USA’s Major League Rugby (MLR) competition on a five-week assignment in February and March, after receiving an invite from the tournament organisers.

Referees to 20 January 2019

Referees to 20 January 2019

This is the last round of pool matches for European Professional Club Rugby's Champions Cup, the Challenge Cup and the Continental Shield There is then an abeyance to March when the knock-out matches start - after the Six Nations has been completed

Rugby and applying its Laws

Rugby and applying its Laws

Leo Tolstoy wrote in the 1860s: “Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.”

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Duty Ref 550 - Lourens van der Merwe

In his more active days, Lourens van der Merwe was a Test referee. Now he is more sedentary as a TMO. He was teaching at Grey College and the chairman of the Free State Referees' Society. Then he moved to Klerksdorp as the deputy principal of Hoërskool Wesvalia with plenty to keep him busy. But he is already involved in the Leopards Referees' Society and, bless him, he is always ready to answer readers' questions.

Duty Ref 549 - Marius van der Westhuizen

Just before heading off to Durban to referee a Currie Cup semifinal, Marius van der Westhuizen, a top referee, answers readers' questions.

Duty Ref 547 - Marius van der Westhuizen

Marius van der Westhuizen, officially ranked amongst the top 18 referees in the world and a man who has refereed in many countries, sits down to answer some readers' questions before going off to referee the match between the Bulls and the Brumbies.

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Clip 1 – 10 December 2018 - Law 16

Clip 1 – 10 December 2018 - Law 16

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Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

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