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Law Discussion: Lawes and laws

For the second week in a row, Twickenham was host to a one-point Test and a refereeing controversy late in the match which involved the use, or non-use, of the TMO.

This Saturday it was England vs New Zealand.

There were five minutes to play and New Zealand were leading 16-15. Over near the touchline on New Zealand's right and near their 10-metre line, Richie Mo'unga of New Zealand was tackled and the ball came back to scrumhalf TJ Perenara, a left-footer. Perenara rather telegraphed that he was going to do a box kick. To do this, his back was to the touchline and he was open to the playing field. Perenara kicked and Courtney Lawes, the England lock, charged the kick down. The ball bobbled about and Sam Underhill (7), England's busy ...

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Law discussion: Similar incidents treated differently

They are different matches with different referees, and similar incidents are treated differently. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 18 November 2018

There are well over 20 Test matches this weekend as the November window stays open. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law Discussion: Lawes and laws

For the second week in a row, Twickenham was host to a one-point Test and a refereeing controversy late in the match which involved the use or non-use of the TMO....

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Lacey to Retire

After refereeing 37 Test matches, John Lacey of Ireland has decided to retire from refereeing Test matches at the age of 45. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Eddie wants Two Refs

England coach Eddie Jones believes the introduction of a second referee could be Rugby Union's answer to dealing with the increasing intensity of the game....

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Law discussion: Similar incidents treated differently

Law discussion: Similar incidents treated differently

They are different matches with different referees, and similar incidents are treated differently. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Referees to 18 November 2018

Referees to 18 November 2018

There are well over 20 Test matches this weekend as the November window stays open. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Law Discussion: Lawes and laws

Law Discussion: Lawes and laws

For the second week in a row, Twickenham was host to a one-point Test and a refereeing controversy late in the match which involved the use or non-use of the TMO.

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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.

Duty Ref 546 - Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper is off on Super Rugby duty, but still has time to do duty answering readers' questions. He does so from Brisbane while he was preparing to referee the match between the Reds and the Chiefs, which he refereed excellently.

Law Videos

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Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

Adam Hastings, Scotland's flyhalf, collects a kick and runs forward. Justin Tipuric and Ken Owens of Wales tackle him. Cory Hill of Wales and Ben Toolis of Scotland make contact above...

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Clip 5 – 9 November 2018 - Law 14

Clip 5 – 9 November 2018 - Law 14

Ross Moriarty of Wales breaks but Alex Dunbar (12) of Scotland tackles him from behind and brings him to ground. It is a tackle. Law 14.1: For a tackle to occur, the ball-carrier...

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Clip 4 – 8 November 2018 - Law 15

Clip 4 – 8 November 2018 - Law 15

Things happen quickly, and in this clip, the order of events is important. Hamish Watson charged ahead and was tackled by Gareth Davies with some help from Ken Owens. Ken Owens immedi...

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