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Ireland

Rolland withdraws from semi

Alain Rolland of Ireland, appointed to the Heineken Cup semifinal between London Irish and Toulouse has been forced through injury to withdraw.

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Uncategorised

Two weeks is a long time...

This week, rugby365s Robbie Fleck looks at the recent performances of the Stormers and Sharks - SA's Super 14 hopefuls!

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Australia

Ian Smith - New ref on S14

Ian Smith of Australia is a new referee in Super 14 this year. On Saturday he will referee his second Super 14 match, in historic Kimberley.

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Australia

On the Canberra cards

The Sharks played the Brumbies in Canberra and found the second half, in the words of their captain, a nightmare when they could not see eye to eye with the referee and the referee could not see eye to eye with them.

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Second Phase

S14 Round 11 Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's setbacks for the leaders, the last few weeks may just become very interesting at the top.

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Australia

Statistics - Super 14, Week 10

The Super 14 is rushing to its business end and emotions run higher. But these are the calm waters of statistics of the weekend's six matches. These include totals.

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Australia

Referees to 27 April

The Heineken Cup semifinals are upon us this weekend. European Nations Cup matches are in the process of deciding winners and promotion/relegation. While some things end a brand new competition is starting the Asian Five Nations with matches in Japan and the Arabian Gulf.

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Second Phase

Coetzer's big move

The weekend of upsets on the field - which saw both the Crusaders and Sharks lose their unbeaten records - also made an impact on the standings in our 'readers versus staff' prediction game.

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Argentina

Junior World Trophy - Day 2

On the second day of the Junior World Rugby Trophy being played in Santiago, Chile, the teams which won on Day 1 won on Day 2 as well.

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Australia

Global Results - 19 April

Life is getting crucial in many parts of the world as Europe's competitions get near the time for watershed decisions and the Super 14 hots up.

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Pro14

Fourteen-man Connacht beat the boot

Argentinian star Felipe Contepomi kicked a perfect six-from-six, but it still was not enough to prevent Connacht from scoring a major upset, a 19-18 win over defending champions Leinster, in their Magners League fixture on Sunday.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Week 9

There was nothing this week like the explosion of controversy and anger that was set off by the final whistle in Wellington last week, but there are still incidents to discuss - just to keep our laws sharp.

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Georgia

Junior Trophy referees, Round 2

Bernd Gabbei of Germany, the man in charge of referees at the World Junior Trophy being played in Santiago, Chile, has named the referees for the second round of the championship.

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Second Phase

S14 Round 10 Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's mixed bag by our resident 'experts', there are a few 'players' with plenty of ground to make up!

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Uncategorised

Super 14 is value for money

rugby365 columnist Robbie Fleck tells us why he feels the Super 14 is value for money and who will be the top four!

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Argentina

IRB's Junior Trophy starts

The International Rugby Board's World Junior Trophy kicked off in Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday with wins for Romania, Chile, Georgia and Uruguay.

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Second Phase

It's a one-horse race

It is becoming a bit of a 'one-horse race' in our "readers versus staff" prediction game, with Johan Greyling now the runaway leader with just five weeks remaining.

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England

Refs for Europe's semis

The European Rugby Cup has announced the referees appointed to the semifinals of the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup.

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Australia

Global Results - 13 April

The Ospreys won at Twickenham and Georgia won at Krasnoyarsk. The Ospreys have a trophy and Georgia are close to one.

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Australia

Referees to 19 April

The European Nations Cup matches are picking up as spring thaws the cold. The Super 14 and several competitions in Europe are hotting up as crunch time draws nearer. And the 2011 World Cup gets under way - on the Cayman Islands.

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Georgia

Junior World Rugby Trophy starts

Eight countries are taking part in the World Junior Rugby Trophy which kicks off in Santiago on 15 April.

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Australia

Statistics - Super 14, Week 9

We give some statistics from Round Nine of the Super 14, including some totals from the nine rounds which enable you to see who has scored most tries, who has concecded the most penalties and free kicks and who has the worst disciplinary record.

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UCT scoop Varsity Cup awards

UCT were the winners in the Varsity Cup awards, despite their heart-breaking last minute loss to Maties in the Final.

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Latest News

Northern doubts about ELVs

As northern hemisphere countries show concern about the experimental law variations Ed Morrison, the former Test referee, has issued a warning about their possible detrimental effect on grassroots rugby.

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Australia

Super 14 referees for Weeks 10-12

SANZAR has announced the referees to referee Weeks 10-12 of the Super 14. Ian Smith of Australia will make his overseas Super 14 debut in Kimberley. His first Super 14 match will be in Round 9.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Week 8 (i)

We have already discussed the unhappy ending to the match in Wellington but there are some other matters as well that are worthy of discussion.

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Uncategorised

The joy of a packed Newlands

rugby365 columnist Robbie Fleck this week tells us why he feels the Crusaders will remain unbeaten throughout the Super 14!

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IRB may 'own' refs

Who will guard the guards - and who will pay them? The International Rugby Board is to consider taking over the employment of referees.

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Second Phase

S14 Round Nine Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's shockers by our resident 'experts', we are hoping for a big weekend!

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Week 8 (ii)

This is the second instalment of a particularly long law discussion on Week 8 of the Super 14.

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Australia

Statistics - with and without ELVs

Over the past weekend there were six Super 14 matches played with experimental law variations and four Heineken Cup quarterfinals played without experimental law variations. We look at some statistics from the two.

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Australia

Referees to 13 April

There is a big one in Russia this weekend - one which will decide the fate of the 2007-08 European Nations Cup. And there's a big club confrontation at Twickenham.

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Latest News

White card appeal in Stellenbosch

At the final of the Varsities Cup between the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town an experiment was made with a white card.

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England

Statistics - Heineken Cup quarterfinals

The Heineken Cup quarterfinals bustled in for two hectic days when the snow stayed away and rugby was possible. We give some statistics from the four matches.

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Australia

Refs in Pacific Nations Cup

The International Rugby Board has announced the four referees for its Pacific Nations Cup which will be played in June.

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Georgia

Emerging Boks back for more

The Emerging Springboks will be back to defend their title at the International Rugby Board (IRB) Nations Cup tournament in Romania in June this year.

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Second Phase

Ouch ... a BIG ouch!

Ouch! Yes, that is all we can say about the past weekend's results in our 'readers versus staff' prediction showdown.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Wellington ending

There was grievous upset at the final whistle at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday evening and huge controversy.

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Preview: Varsity Cup Final

The universities of Cape Town (Ikeys) and Stellenbosch (Maties) will resume their intense rivalry, which has been going for almost a century, when they meet in the FNB Varsity Cup Final at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday.

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Australia

Statistics - Super 14, Week 8

For Week 8, when only one South African team played at home, we give statistics of getting possession and we give some totals. There are no marks for guessing which team has the worst disciplinary record!

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Australia

Law Discussion - Burger consistency

Consistency is such a watchword when it comes to refereeing. Is it sometimes perceived to lose out to personal feelings?

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Uncategorised

Comebacks and predictions

rugby365 columnist Robbie Fleck gives us his views on one of the most amazing comebacks and his weekly S14 predictions!

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Laws & Referees

Kiwi ref Walsh 'suspended'

SANZAR has announced the referees for the first four rounds of Super 14, but Steve Walsh of New Zealand has been omitted.

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Argentina

Spreadbury starts 2011 World Cup

Tony Spreadbury of England will referee the first match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and he will do so in the Cayman Islands.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14 , Week 7

There has been a lot to talk about this weekend and still there is more. Rugby365.com has been doing this since 2000 and we have not once run out of things to talk about!

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Argentina

Referees for Chile

Chile will host the first International Rugby Board Junior World Rugby Trophy from 15-27 April 2008, and the IRB has announced the referees for the tournament.

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Australia

Referees for Junior World Championship

The International Rugby Board has announced the referees for its new competition, the Junior World Championship.

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ELV opinion poll

Peter Shortell of Cheltenham ran a straw poll on the experimental law variations - a poll of two dozen people.

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Second Phase

S14 Round Eight Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's impressive performances by our resident 'experts', we are hoping for another big weekend!

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Second Phase

Questions of Mike Stofile

Respected rugby365 writer Paul Dobson has a few interesting questions for discarded rugby boss Mike Stofile!

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Argentina

Referees to 6 April

Some poets hailed April as the start of the spring. One saw it as the "cruellest month". For some players it will be a great month, for others cruel. We hope that for all referees it will be a wonderful month as European activities rush closer to their climax.

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Australia

Laws - 16 men on a rugby team

The Sharks had 16 players on the field during their match against the Reds, and the Reds are up in arms. rugby365's law guru takes a look at this contentious issue!

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Varsity Cup: It's Maties v Ikeys

The first ever FNB Varsity Cup Final will be an all-Cape affair, after first the University of Cape Town (UCT) and then Stellenbosch (Maties) won their matches in dramatic fashion in the semifinals on Monday.

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Second Phase

Greyling stretches his lead

Johan Greyling has opened a handy three-point lead at the top of our Super 14 'readers versus staff prediction game' at the halfway stage of the tournament.

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Argentina

Global Results - 30 March

There were some big results this weekend, in Toulouse, Welford Road and Perth for example but also in other places. The number of results is growing as the hemispheres overlap.

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Australia

Statistics - Super 14, Week 7

We give statistics which are really about possession, mostly getting it. We shall discuss several issues regarding the laws in action. There are totals which tell which team has scored the most tries, which has conceded the most penalties and the most free kicks, and whose discipline is worst.

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Law Discussion - Naqelevuki's off-side

It was the last minute of the match between the Blues and the Stormers and the scores were tied at 14-all when the referee penalised big Sireli Naqelevuki of the Stormers for being off-side.

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Sevens

Brown in Sevens heaven

Kyle Brown has been a Sevens Springbok for a few short months, yet he already finds himself on the cusp of something really special.

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News

Making friends the UCT way

rugby365 columnist Robbie Fleck reviews the FNB Varsity Cup Festival in George and gives his weekly S14 predictions!

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Uncategorised

Happy times... for some

sport365 columnist and former Springbok Robbie Fleck has a lot to talk about this week - from Peter de Villiers's contractual issues, to his UCT side's superb performances in the FNB Varsity Cup.

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Uncategorised

Contrasting fortunes...

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck looks back at UCT's superb Varsity Cup triumph during the week, whilst also touching on the Bulls' Super 14 woes and the farcical judicial systems that govern South African and SANZAR rugby. It's not yet Friday and what a week it's been!

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Uncategorised

Adapt or die

sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck is man enough to admit when he gets something wrong. This week, the former Springbok centre doffs his cap to the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) and to those teams that have adapted to the changes. If you're a Bulls fan - turn away now.

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Refs for IRB Junior World Trophy

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the appointment of the match officials for the inaugural Junior World Trophy. A panel of seven referees and a specialist touch judge has been selected for the tournament, which is being held in Santiago, Chile, from April 15 to 27.

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Second Phase

S14 Round Seven Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's mixed results by our resident 'experts', we are hoping for a big weekend!

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Australia

Referees to 30 March

It's comparatively quiet at this Eastertide but only comparatively as rugby gathers its breath. But in the Far East there is rugby's biggest party - the Hong Kong Sevens.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Wk 6

There are law matters to talk about after Week 6 of the Super 14. There are also other matters, related matters, which are not an edifying part of rugby football.

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Greyling moves clear

Johan Greyling has opened up some space between himself and the chasing bunch at the top in our Super 14 'readers versus staff prediction game'.

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Super 14 Statistics - Week 6

The weather was good and there was a thriller in Johannesburg. We give some statistics from the six matches.

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Australia

Global Results - Easter Sunday

France again won the European Under-18 championship under the aegis of AER-FIRA when they beat Ireland in the Final. At Twickenham the finalists of the EDF Energy Cup.

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Belgium, Switzerland win U/18 Finals

At the AER-FIRA European Under-18 Championship coming to an end in Northern Italy, Belgium won Group B and Switzerland Group C on Good Friday.

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England

Referees for European quarters

The European Rugby Cup has announced the referees for the quarterfinals in both the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Week 5

There were six matches in Week 5, plenty of action, lots of tries and, ineluctably, law matters to discuss.

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England

Law Discussion - Six Nations, Round 5

It came with a bang, rushed along and ended with a joyous outburst in Cardiff - for Wales at least. We still have some mundane law topics to talk about.

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Lawrence moves to the IRB

Keith Lawrence, the man who manages New Zealand's top referees, is moving to the International Rugby Board, still working with top referees.

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S14 Round Six Predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. After last week's round of shockers by our resident 'experts', we are hoping for some more accuracy this week!

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England

Some Six Nations statistics, Round 5

The Six Nations ended on a high note. No doubt the better weather made a difference. We give some statistics.

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Easter Festivals - 2008

It's Easter time. The leaves are turning, many people are praying,. some are going on holiday and rugby breaks out around the country, but especially in Gauteng.

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Australia

Statistics - Super 14, Week 5

We give statistics for the six matches played in Week 5 of the Super 14. There are also some weekly totals which tell you which team has scored the most tries, conceded the most penalties and free kicks and had the most trouble for unacceptable behaviour.

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Argentina

IRB rankings: Wales make their move

The Welsh revival under Warren Gatland continued, with their 29-12 defeat of France at the Millennium Stadium not only securing the Six Nations Grand Slam, but also saw them move a one place up in the latest International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rankings to sixth - at the expense of Les Bleus.

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England

Top countries win at FIRA U/18

The FIRA-AER Under-18 European Championship started on Saturday in Northern Italy with big wins for the big countries.

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Australia

Referees to 23 March

The Six Nations had had its climax and after a brief catching of breath referes are at it again as rugby carries on at this Eastertide.

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Australia

S14 Referees for Weeks 7-9

SANZAR have announced the referees appointed to referee the thee weeks of Supoer 14 rugby starting Week 7.

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Australia

Brumbies grumble about Roos

The Canberra Times reports that the Brumbies coach, Laurie Fisher, has sent a written complain to the Australian Rugby Union about the performance of Willie Roos, the South African Super 14 referee.

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Farrell makes his move

On a weekend of low scoring - that is in our Super 14 'readers versus staff prediction game' - the big movers were Steve Farrell and Rudolf Mehl.

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News

Bleeding Bismarck & time

rugby365's law guru looks at the decision not to allow Bismarck du Plessis back onto the field after he had gone off bleeding. Was it a bad decision?

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Bismarck bleeding and the timekeeping

In the programme All Out Rugby on South African television it was stated that the referee had made a bad decision when Bismarck du Plessis was not allowed onto the field after he had gone off bleeding from a cut above his right eye. Was it a bad decision?

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France

Big day for Jonker

It's a big day in Cardiff on Saturday. A big day for the teams, a big day for their supporters and for rugby watchers all around the world. It's also a big day for Marius Jonker of South Africa, and he is looking forward to it.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Week 4

There are always laws to discuss when we get a chance to see them in action - as we have been doing for some seven years now. There are some incidents from Week 4 of the Super 14 that are worth mentioning.

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Ireland

Stanley's Russian expedition

HM Stanley explored Africa and is labelled intrepid. Colin Stanley is off on an expedition to Russia at this stormy time and is labelled a referee.

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England

Law Discussion - Six Nations, Round 4

We have already given statistics. Now we talk about some points of law from Round 4 of the Six Nations.

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S14 Round Five predictions

It is that time of the week again, when we venture out into the dangerous arena of Super 14 predictions. The one burning question remains: 'Can the chasing pack catch leaders Johan Greyling and John Granger?'

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Australia

Stats - Super 14, Week 4

Again we give some statistics from the seven matches played in the Super 14, Week 4 with totals which tell us Crusaders have scored the most tries and conceded the most free kicks, the Hurricanes have been most penalised and the Bulls have been in most hot water.

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Argentina

Referees to 16 March

The Six Nations comes to an end and the man to blow the final whistle is Marius Jonker of South Africa, the final match and the one that will decide the winner then Wales play France in Cardiff. What a wonderful appointment for the man from Zululand.

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England

Some Six Nations statistics, Round 4

The weather in Europe was terrible and the Six Nations rugby did little to lift the gloom, not even in sunny Dublin.

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Argentina

Global Results - 9 March

Bad weather in Europe and disappointingly drab Six Nations rugby. Great weather in Perth and a brilliant Super 14 match.

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Greyling sneaks ahead again

It remains extremely close at the top of the standings in our Super 14 'readers versus staff prediction game'.

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Varsity Cup approaches home straight

Two matches in the FNB Varsity Cup take place on Saturday, as the race for play-off places begins to hot up.

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Oaks meet Lobos in Bucharest

The Oaks of Romania meet the Lobos of Portugal in a European Nations Cup match in Bucharest on Saturday.

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Ireland

McDowell referees in Bucharest

Simon McDowell of Ireland has been appointed to the European Nations Cup match between Romania and Portugal in Bucharest.

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Fiji

Pellaprat - the referee mad about rugby

Jean-Pierre Pellaprat of France, a mature referee, will be heading from Provence to Krasnodar in the south of Russia to referee the match between the Bears of Russia and the Leones of Spain, an important match for the Russians who have ambitions to win the European Nations Cup for the first time.

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Law Discussion - Super 14, Wk 3

There are some points of law for us to discuss, one a most important one because it is at the soul of refereeing.

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Argentina

The prop drought in France

French scrummaging was once feared. In this Six Nations, France's scrumming has been the weakest, and some people are blaming foreign influence.

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S14 Round Four predictions

We venture out into the dangerous arena of predictions again this week, as the chasing bunch try to catch leaders John Granger and Johan Greyling.

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Australia

Effect of ELVs after Round 3

Andre Watson, SA's manager of referees, has produced some statistics to see how the ELVs have affected the Super 14!

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Portuguese duo to bolster Auch

Portuguese internationals David Penalva and Christian Spachuck are set to join bottom-placed French championship club Auch next season from Second Division tailenders Blagnac, it was revealed on Monday.

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Australia

Referees to 9 March

Six Nations is heading for a massive amount of interest at Croke Park with Wayne Barnes of England to see fair play between the unbeaten Welsh and the still hopeful Irish.

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All tied at the top

Johan Greyling has managed to close the gap on John Granger and the two are tied at the top in our 'readers versus staff prediction game'. They both have 26 points out of a possible 42 after three weeks.

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Georgia

Russian bear on track

In their important European Nations Cup match Russia stayed on line to challenge Georgia by beating Portugal 41-26 in Lisbon on Saturday.

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Argentina

Global Results - 2 March

See how the mighty are fallen. It happened to Toulouse for the first time in the Top 14 and it happened to Gloucester. And oit happened to the Bulls who are the Super 14 champions. And it happened to the Ospreys, a.k.a. Wales,

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Australia

Stats - Super 14, Week 3

Again we give some statistics from the seven matches played in the Super 14, Week 3.

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Fixtures & Results

Magners League results - 2007/08

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Vital match for Russia

The Bears of Russia meet the Wolves of Portugal at the Dinamo Stadium in Krasnodar on Saturday in a Division 1 match of the European Nations Cup, a vital encounter to Russian ambitions.

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England

Law Discussion - Six Nations, Week 3

It was a hectic weekend with Six Nations and Super 14 catching most of the headlines. Two of the matches produced big scores and even the Paris match ended with a distinct gap between the two scores. We shall take a few incidents from the match to use for law discussions.

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Varsity Cup bears fruit

The FNB Varsity Cup - just two weeks old has attracted the attention of South African Sevens coach Paul Treu.

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Week Three predictions

Can Johan Greyling reclaim the lead from John Granger or will anybody else sneak ahead? We bring you the Week Three 'visions' in our 'readers versus editorial staff' predictions showdown.

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Australia

Law Discussion - Super 14, Week 2

The ELVs run along in Week 2 and take a lot of the interest but we have also other points of law to discuss this week.

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England

Some Six Nations Stats - Week 3

Big wins for Wales and Ireland and a tough victory for England in Paris - their second win there in a few months and again a surprise but again well earned. We give some statistics from the three matches.

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Australia

Stats - Super 14, Week 2

We give some statistics of getting and using of possession in the second week of Super 14. The Crusaders and the Blues have scored the most tries while the Stormers are the most punished side in Super 14.

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Super Rugby

LIVE COVERAGE!

WELCOME BACK to rugby365.com's live coverage of Super Rugby which moves into Round Six this weekend.

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Australia

Referees to 2 March

The year is racing on - two months down already and ten to go, and all of them packed with rugby activity with referees whizzing all over the place. This weekend is a bit of a breather before the Six nations gets going again.

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'Willie did nothing wrong'

Willie Roos, the South African Super 14 referee, has come in for much criticism from Stormers' supporters but Andre Watson, South Africa's manager of referees, insists that he did nothing wrong in the Schalk Burger incident.

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Granger sneaks into the lead

Defending champion John Granger has sneaked into the lead after Week Two of the 'readers versus writers' Super 14 prediction game.

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Round Two: Varsity Cup

Two matches in the FNB Varsity Cup competition will be played on Saturday.

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Australia

Referees to 24 February

It's a busy weekend for players, spectators and referees. Six Nations and attendant matches, European Nations Cup, Super 14 - the whole lot. Referees will be flying all over the place.

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Law Discussion - 16 February

The Super 14 has come upon us and most of the law concentration has been on the Experimental Law Variations as introduced into the Super 214 as the International Rugby Board keeps examining the possible effect on the game before introducing changes in November.

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Argentina

Effect of the ELVs

Andre Watson, SARU?s Manager of Referees, has a look at some statistics regarding the ELVs and comments on them!

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Scots move on Lisbon

A team of three Scots is moving on Lisbon to act as match officials in the European Nations Cup match between Portugal and Georgia, the Lobos against the Lelos with the Lelos expected to win.

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Fixtures & Results

Fixtures and Results

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Tables - Logs

2011 standings

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Week Two predictions

Johan Greyling's lead is under threat in Week Two of our 'readers versus editorial staff' predictions showdown. Will he hold on?Email us your predictions!

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Fixtures & Results

Results - 2008

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Sizzling start to Varsity Cup

In the first match of the inaugural FNB Varsity Cup, the NWU-Pukke triumphed 23-17 against a spirited Ikey Tigers team at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Monday.

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Tables - Logs

Tables 2012

2012 Six Nations standings.

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Second Phase

Greyling takes an early lead

Johan Greyling has upset the formbook and has taken an early lead after Week One of our readers versus editorial staff prediction game.

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News

SA refs seek recruits

A National Recruitment Campaign that aims to boost the ranks of amateur rugby referees in South Africa over the next few years has been launched by the SA Rugby Referees' Society.

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A referee and the son of a referee

Bruno Bessot grew up with rugby - 'bathed' in rugby from babyhood, he says. Now he is off to Lisbon to referee the European Nations Cup match between Portugal and Czech Republic.

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News

SA refs seek recruits

A National Recruitment Campaign that aims to boost the ranks of amateur rugby referees in South Africa over the next few years has been launched by the SA Rugby Referees' Society.

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News

LNR reduces Audebert's ban

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) is on a collision course with its European counterpart after opting to reduced a suspension handed down to Alexandre Audebert.

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News

Refs approach the ELVs

There is an extra frisson of interest as the Super 14 draws nearer as there are new laws to consider with the curtailed use of Experimental Law Variations.

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Prediction game: Unseating the Granger

John Granger has won his head-to-head Super 14 prediction battle with rugby365 editor Jan de Koning for the past two years, making this knowledgeable reader the undisputed champion.

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A referee and the son of a referee

Bruno Bessot grew up with rugby - 'bathed' in rugby from babyhood, he says. Now he is off to Lisbon to referee the European Nations Cup match between Portugal and Czech Republic.

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Refs approach the ELVs

There is an extra frisson of interest as the Super 14 draws nearer as there are new laws to consider with the curtailed use of Experimental Law Variations.

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Chuter renews with Leicester

Tigers hooker George Chuter is the latest international to sign a new contract with the 2006/07 Double-winners.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - 10 February

Three Six Nations matches in Round 2 and lots to talk about, as Wales beat Scotland 30-15, France just beat Ireland 26-21 and England just beat Italy 23-19.

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Law Discussion - 10 February

Three Six Nations matches in Round 2 and lots to talk about, as Wales beat Scotland 30-15, France just beat Ireland 26-21 and England just beat Italy 23-19.

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Law Discussions

Thoughts on a TMO's decision

The television match official advised the referee that a try had been scored, and the coach of the losing team was up in arms about it.

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Law Discussions

Thoughts on a troublesome penalty try

There was a penalty try awarded against France on Saturday which, unlike the TMO's decision to advise that Shane Williams had scored a try, evoked no critical outcry, but it bears thinking about.

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Thoughts on a troublesome penalty try

There was a penalty try awarded against France on Saturday which, unlike the TMO's decision to advise that Shane Williams had scored a try, evoked no critical outcry, but it bears thinking about.

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Law Discussions

Some Six Nations Stats - Week 2

Again two exciting Six Nations matches with great fightbacks in Paris and Rome. Again we give some stats about getting and using possession from the three matches.

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Some Six Nations Stats - Week 2

Again two exciting Six Nations matches with great fightbacks in Paris and Rome. Again we give some stats about getting and using possession from the three matches.

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Craven Week

Starting fixtures for 2008 Schools Weeks

The Craven Week for High Schools is at Affies in Pretoria on 6-12 July 2008. The fixtures for the first two days are known.

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Craven Week

Starting fixtures for 2008 Schools Weeks

The Craven Week for High Schools is at Affies in Pretoria on 6-12 July 2008. The fixtures for the first two days are known.

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Thoughts on a TMO's decision

The television match official advised the referee that a try had been scored, and the coach of the losing team was up in arms about it.

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News

Referees to 17 February

The SANZAR war breaks out - the Super 14 with an additional onus on the referees in the form of the new Experimental Law Variations. .

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News

ELVs head for schools

The new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) will be implemented in schools rugby this year. Andre Watson and his helpers have sent out information about the laws, including the full text of the primary schools variations, incorporating the ELVs where applicable.

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ELVs head for schools

The new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) will be implemented in schools rugby this year. Andre Watson and his helpers have sent out information about the laws, including the full text of the primary schools variations, incorporating the ELVs where applicable.

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Law Discussion - Six Nations, Wk 1

Three interesting matches started the 2008 Six Nations. They were interesting in themselves and for referees there were matters interesting enough to be discussed.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - Six Nations, Wk 1

Three interesting matches started the 2008 Six Nations. They were interesting in themselves and for referees there were matters interesting enough to be discussed.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - the headbutt

When Scotland played France in Edinburgh there was a headbutt which has provoked some questions from readers, enough to suggest a separate discussion on the matter.

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News

Ballard marches to Georgia

Neil Ballard of Cardiff is off to Tblissi, the capital of Georgia to referee a European Nations Cup match between great rivals Georgia and Romania, and he is looking forward to it.

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Law Discussions

Some Six Nations Stats - Week 1

We shall, as in the past give some statistics from the three Six Nations matches on the weekend, mainly about getting possession.

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Latest News

'Varsity Cup to trump Vodacom Cup'

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck has thrown his weight behind the inaugural FNB Varsity Cup - a new university rugby tournament that is set to take South African rugby by storm when it starts in two weeks' time.

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Some Six Nations Stats - Week 1

We shall, as in the past give some statistics from the three Six Nations matches on the weekend, mainly about getting possession.

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Varsity Cup - 'Rugby that Rocks!'

University rugby in South Africa is set to take on a whole new dimension with the advent of the FNB Varsity Cup which kicks-off, nationwide, on Monday, February 18.

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Referees to 10 February

The first round of the Six Nations was filled with drama and already the second week is upon us. Alain Rolland will referee a Six Nations match for the second week in succession

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Honiss replaced by Rolland

Paul Honiss, appointed to referee the Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield on Sunday, has had to withdraw because of a serious family illness. He has had to return to New Zealand.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - 27 January

We have incidents from three matches to discuss this week: Sale vs Harlequins, Auch vs Toulouse and Saracens vs Bath - all enthusiastic matches, won by Sale, Toulouse and Saracens.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - 27 January

We have incidents from three matches to discuss this week: Sale vs Harlequins, Auch vs Toulouse and Saracens vs Bath - all enthusiastic matches, won by Sale, Toulouse and Saracens.

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Referees to 3 February

It's here! The Six Nations is here and the world's eyes are on great rugby - and the referees. Everybody who is normal hopes that there is not a single refereeing controversy, in fact that the name of referee is never mentioned.

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News

Referees to 3 February

It's here! The Six Nations is here and the world's eyes are on great rugby - and the referees. Everybody who is normal hopes that there is not a single refereeing controversy, in fact that the name of referee is never mentioned.

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ELVs get preliminary pass mark

The SANZAR nations (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia) had their first real glance at the much-anticipated Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) that will be applied in the Super 14 this year and they got a preliminary pass mark.

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ELVs get preliminary pass mark

The much-anticipated Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) that will be trialled in the Super 14 this year got a preliminary pass mark from coaches and officials.

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ELVs in lay language

The Experimental Law Variations will be used in the Super 14 in curtailed form and in all South Africa's domestic rugby in their full form. We try to make them easier to understand.

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ELVs in lay language

The Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) will be used in the Super 14 in curtailed form and in all South Africa's domestic rugby in their full form. We try to make them easier to understand.

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Referees to 3 February

It's here! The Six Nations is here and the world's eyes are on great rugby - and the referees. Everybody who is normal hopes that there is not a single refereeing controversy, in fact that the name of referee is never mentioned.

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Referees to 3 February

It's here! The Six Nations is here and the world's eyes are on great rugby - and the referees. Everybody who is normal hopes that there is not a single refereeing controversy, in fact that the name of referee is never mentioned.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - 20 January

The Heineken Cup ended with a sudden bang this weekend, solving all sorts of problems - joy for some, hopes dashed for others. It was a wet weekend and a watershed one.

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How SANZAR will manage the ELVs

The SANZAR countries (South Africa New Zealand and Australia) have issued a game management plan for managing the new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) in Super 14.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

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Uncategorised

Old school is cool

sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck is a happy man this week, having spent a few days playing rugby in Bangkok, before returning home to find out that his young UCT side smashed Tukkies in an FNB Varsity Cup fixture. Can life get better for Fleckie?

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Uncategorised

It's all a bit messy at the moment

Springbok centre Robbie Fleck looks back at Round One of the 2008 Super 14 and the FNB Varsity Cup - matches that will forever be remembered by the introduction of the already infamous Experimental Law Variations (ELVs). And, of course, he also makes his predictions for Round Two of the Super 14.

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It's Super 14 time

Picking up from last week's in-depth Super 14 tournament preview, former Springbok centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck looks ahead to the opening weekend of southern hemisphere action with his game-by-game picks. Also, Fleckie also gives us the inside track on UCT's preparations for the inaugural FNB Varsity Cup!

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Uncategorised

A new dawn

Former Springbok centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck is very excited ahead of the 2008 rugby season - for two reasons; the Varsity Cup and the Super 14.

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Referees to 27 January

This is a relatively quiet weekend for referees before the Six Nations gets under way.

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Uncategorised

With great power, comes great responsibility

sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck got a lot of feedback from our readers last week after his column on the appointment of new Bok coach Peter de Villiers. He continues in the same vein this week...

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Australia

More on ELVs from Hartebeesthoek

South Africa's top ten referees met at the Nature Reserve at Hartebeesthoek for their annual; pre-season course, which included, this year, instruction and discussion of the Experimental Law Variations which will be introduced partly to the Super 14 and fully into all domestic rugby in South Africa.

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Latest News

Kaplan replaces White in Six Nations opener

Referee Chris White is injured and has been replaced by Jonathan Kaplan for the opening match of the 2008 Six Nations. It is one of recent changes to the match officials.

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England to clinch Six Nations title

England will follow up on the silver medal they pocketed at the World Cup with some proper silverware, or so says our man Andrew Baldock...

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Referees study ELVs

Eleven of the top referees in South Africa, led by Andre Watson, South Africa's Referee Manager, and Tappe Henning a referees' selector at the International Rugby Board, have been studying the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) which they will start using soon.

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Uncategorised

Give De Villiers a chance

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck returns to your screens this week, with sport365s star columnist giving his views on the appointment of Peter de Villiers as the newest Bok coach.

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Law Discussion - 13 January 2008

January is already rushing away as we finish Round 6 of Europe's championships with law matters to discuss from five Heineken Cup matches.

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Australia

Super 14 referees for first six weeks

Mark Lawrence is doing an omega-alpha act. He blew the final whistle on the Currie Cup and now will blow the whistle in Christchurch to start the Super 14 for which the match officials have been appointed to the first six weeks.

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Latest News

Changleng goes part-time

Malcolm Changleng, Scotland's only full-time referee, has decided to go back to teaching, whence he came.

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Australia

Effect of ELVs compared

The Australian Rugby Union has a confidential report on the effect of the Experimental Law Variations after their use in the Australian Rugby Championship.

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South Africa adopts complete ELVs

Andre Watson, South Africa's refereeing manager, has announced, with excitement, that South African has received a dispensation from the International Rugby Board (IRB) to adopt the complete set of Experimental Law Variations (ELVs), the so-called Stellenbosch Laws.

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England

Mailbox: 'Ashton has got it wrong'

The selection of the England squad for the forthcoming the Six Nations has sent our readers a-scribbling. Here are some of your views...

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England

Law Discussion - 8 January

We have three matches to extract some law situations this weekend - Biarritz vs Montauban, Bath vs Gloucester and Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers.

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Tables - Logs

2012 Super Rugby standings

2012 Super Rugby standings.

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England

Dallaglio - a hero and a villain

The news that Lawrence Dallaglio has played his last game for England has divided our readership. Whilst many reckon that big 'Lol' should be immortalised in cast iron, an equal number believes that the Wasps stalwart should be jailed for years of "cheating". Here are some of your views...

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Law Discussion - as 2007 ends

The dramatic year of 2007 has come to an end, and it played itself out with rugby, which means that we have some law points to talk about.

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The class of 2007!

As 2007 draws to a close we are left to reflect on a superb year of rugby. A year that saw South Africa crowned as World Champions, Wasps claim a third Heineken Cup and the Bulls triumph in a thrilling Super 14 Final.

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Referees to 6 January 2008

Yet another year is upon us with its hopes and promises. For referees it is another year in which they hope for praiseful assessors, co-operative players, understanding coaches, appreciative administrators, knowledgeable commentators and polite crowds - all leading to meteoric rises and top class appointments. Here are some top class appointments.

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Welcome to rugby 2008!

2007 was a memorable year for rugby in only its twelfth year of full professionalism.

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Law Discussion - from Premiership & Top 14

We have a few short incidents from the English Premiership matches between Bristol and Wasps and between Sale and Leicester and the Top 14 match between Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne., all intense, closely contested matches.

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The referee's Christmas stocking

If Santa Claus could bring the referees a stocking, what would be in it? We have found a dozen to take us through the 12 days.

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England

The improbable penalty try

London Wasps camped on the Bristol line . It was an epic siege, ended only when a penalty try effected the breakthrough Wasps sought.

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Latest News

Referees to 30 December

It is a season of goodwill, which does not preclude playing rugby, but there is just a little of it in figgy, icy Britain, and there are referees in the ice and the fog. No too much plum duff for them.

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England

Time for Ashton to make his mark

Expect Brian Ashton to crack on at a fair old pace following his reappointment as England head coach, says Andrew Baldock.

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Australia

Book Review: Stuart Dickinson's World Cup diary

Stuart Dickinson, one of only a dozen referees chosen to referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, has published his diary - life from a referee's perspective and it contains one chapter that could be a part of rugby's history and rugby's planning.

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England

Referees to 23 December

Christmas is getting seriously close now and the number of matches is winding down. In Caledonia stern and cold there will be no matches this weekend. The referee with the toughest job this weekend may just be Eric Derriere up on the edge of the Massif Central.

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Law Discussion - Heineken Cup, Week 4

The weather was better and some of the rugby so thrilling, especially when London Wasps and Clermont Auvergne played their return match. Inevitably we have some law points to talk about.

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Second Phase

Only world champions have no coach

rugby365s Paul Dobson looks at the protracted Springbok coaching saga, as the world champion Boks get set to embark on life without a coach - making them the only World Cup team without a man in charge!

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News

Managing ELVs in South Africa

South Africa has made application to the International Rugby Board for leave to introduce the Experimental Law Variations applicable in the Super 14 to all rugby in South Africa from 1 January 2008.

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Law Discussion: Heineken Cup, Week 3

There always is the fun of talking about the laws and their application after matches. One hopes that the changes will not make the game so bland that there is nothing to talk about!

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England

Morrison goes High

Ed Morrison will take over from Colin High as England's manager of elite referees when High retires in June 2008.

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Argentina

Argentina play Chile

In the South American Championship Argentina play Chile at Estadio de San Martin in San Juan on Saturday evening.

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Latest News

ELV cornerpost

The SANZAR countries have left the cornerpost where it was but depowered it somewhat for the Experimental Law Variations to be introduced into the Super 14 in February.

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Latest News

ELV changes at touch and line-out

They have, it seems, not gone the whole proposed hog for line-out changes in the Experimental Law Variations to be introduced in the Super 14 in February.

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ELVs and the scrum laws

The Experimental Law Variations to be introduced into the Super 14 in two months' time affect the scrums.

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How the ELVs could change the tackle law

We shall look at each of the affected laws - tackle, touch and line-out, scrum and in-goal and try to adapt the present law to see what changes could be made in the Experimental Law Variations to be introduced into the Super 14 in two months' time.

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How the ELVs will be applied

The meeting of SANZAR top brass, coaches and referees have produced a document on the application of the experimental law variations which will be used during the Super 14 in 2008. This application has gone out as a Game Management Action Plan.

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Law Discussion - first week, December

There is a lot of concentration on the introduction of a curtailed version of the Stellenbosch Laws but we are staying in the present with incidents from three matches during the first weekend of December.

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Australia

ELVs: what SANZAR has NOT included

SANZAR has adopted part of the experimental law variations (ELVs) for use in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, specifically during the Super 14. What SANZAR will apply is NOT the full ELV proposal before the International Rugby Board.

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SANZAR embrace ELVs for S14

Spectators and fans will witness a quicker and more "exciting" brand of rugby, following a decision by the South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) to adopt a range of the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) for the Super 14 competition.

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Georgia

RWC to remain a 20-team party

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament in New Zealand will comprise 20 teams.

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Latest News

Kaplan stays No.1 SA referee

SA Referees has announced new panels for its top referees for 2008, slightly smaller panels at the top.

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England

Law Discussion - from Premiership

We have a few short incidents from an England's Premiership match to discuss this week.

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Australia

Australian referees' panels

Australia has made available its national panels of referees, and it includes one from Western Australia and another from Northern Territory.

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Law Discussion - from 24 November

We shall do this week's law discussion in two sections - taking incidents from the Wales-South Africa match in Cardiff and then from two matches in England's Premiership.

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Referees to 2 December

The IRB Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai this weekend before moving down to George in the Southern Cape.

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Wales vs South Africa - statistics

South Africa beat Wales 34-12 at Millennium Stadium on Saturday. We give some of the statistics of the Test.

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Argentina

Integrated seasons on IRB table

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will placed two of the most contentious issues on the table at their 'global playing season' forum in Woking, England, next week.

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Law Discussion - Heineken Cup Round 2

There are five matches again this week in the Heineken Cup which have given us aspects of the laws to talk about.

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Australia

SANZAR to make final law call

SANZAR, the ruling body for Tri-Nations and Super 14 tournaments, will ultimately make the final call on whether the some if any of the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) are implemented in the 2008 Super 14 season.

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Players okay refs

The top rugby players in South Africa gave a tick of approval to the top referees in South Africa.

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Referees to 25 November

The residue of the Springbok team which won the World Cup will play against the rebuilding Welsh team at Millennium Stadium this weekend. Chris White of England, one of the world's most experienced referees, will referee.

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Ruck ruling by IRB

Rulings - periodic expansions of an aspect of the game's laws - are not a good idea but they happen from time to time. It is hoped than when the next law changes take place all rulings are scrapped because they are redundant.

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Dangerous tackle made clearer

The International Rugby Board, whose first obligation, is to determine the laws of the game, the way the game is played, has clarified one aspect of dangerous tackling - the high tackle.

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School for Referees

Alan Zondagh has reopened his Rugby Performance Centre (RPC) with better facilities than ever and including a school for referees under the guidance of Freek Burger.

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Law Discussion - Heineken Cup, Round 1

The flags are waving around Europe again as fans support their teams in the Heineken Cup. Players strive with sinew and muscle, and in the midst of it there is the lone referee, trying to help them all succeed in their endeavours.

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Referees to 18 November

Europe's great competitions go on with all the zest and the great pleasure of seeing top player meeting top player.

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Second Phase

SA rugby is like vomit on the Mona Lisa

rugby365's decorated and respected writer Paul Dobson tells us exactly how ugly an animal South African rugby has become, despite the glory of winning a second World Cup!

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England

England fast-tracks women refs

The Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football Union for Women are preparing the "next generation of world class female referees" by identifying them and putting them on a specifically-designed programme.

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More TMO - or none at all

Paddy O'Brien, the IRB's man in charge of referees is in favour of extending the scope of the television match official. In fact he would not like the status quo to remain.

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Possible Experimental Law Variations

There have been experimental law variations (ELVs) that have been tested, following the first experiments and proposals made in Stellenbosch. Now it seems that the rugby world is on the brink of big changes to the laws that may in fact be implemented in the Super 14.

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News

SA Referees suspend touch judges

South African referees have suspended two touch judges, Deon van Blommestein and Louis Mzomba, after a wrong decision in the Currie Cup semi-final between the Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

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Three Scots go to Bucharest

This weekend the European Nations Cup resumes, part of a competition stretching over two years. The match officials in Bucharest are Scots.

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News

Rugby's coaching merry-go-round

At the end of the World Cup, there were the big ten. The Six Nations, the Tri-Nations, and the rugby 'island of Argentina.

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Top 14

Top 14 2007/8

Standings

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Top 14

Top 14 2007/8

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Referees appointed for Heineken Cup

The European Cup have announced the refereses for the first four rounds of the 2007-08 Heineken Cup. Alain Rolland, the referee at the World Cup Final, will referee in Round 1.

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Referees to 4 November

There is no rest for rugby referees, no time to put feet up and dose in the sun. So we have referees at many levels for this week as the Northern Hemisphere takes over.

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Law Discussion: Currie Cup Final

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Currie Cup Final referees

Mark Lawrence will referee his first Currie Cup Final in Bloemfontein on Saturday, the 23rd referee to referee a Currie Cup Final. But then there have been only 46 finals.

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Statistics - using possession in the Final

The final match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup has come and gone. Statistics of the match can be interesting. Those we give here tell how possession was used.

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OPINION

Mailbox: The gloves are off!

Three days ago South Africa beat England 15-6 to win the Rugby World Cup. Three days later we are still enjoying reading what you have to say about the game's events.

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Referees to 28 October

The World Cup has come and rushed to its end. This weekend their are still matches, including the Currie Cup Final in Bloemfontein.

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Second Phase

Mbeki wins hearts ... for now

It was not so much the Springboks that needed South African President Thabo Mbeki's support at the World Cup Final in Paris last Saturday, but rather it was Mbeki who needed the support of the World Champions, writes Rugby365's Siyabonga Mchunu.

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The schools of champions

The whole of South Africa is proud of the performance of the Springboks in winning the World Cup. Imagine how extra proud of them are the schools they went to, the teachers who taught them, the coaches who coached them.

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TMO happy with decision

It was just two minutes into the second half when Mark Cueto dived over in the corner for what he maintained was a try.

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Law Discussion - final countdown

After 48 matches we come to the last Law Discussion of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. We have some incidents to talk about from the 3rd-place match and from the final. And then we can all go on holiday.

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OPINION

Mailbox: Viva le Bokke!

It seems not even the mother of all hangovers after South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory over England last night could prevent the mails from flooding - we salute you!

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Statistics - RWC Final

It's hard to believe that it's all over - the 2007 Rugby World Cup with all the expectation, then the ups and downs and then the tension of the final in which South Africa beat England 15-6. We give some statistics for the match.

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Statistics - using possession in play-off

The match between Argentina and France for the bronze medal, the second last match of the 2007 World Cup, produced a result which confounds statistics. Those we give here tell how possession was used.

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Statistics - Bronze Medal match

The Bronze Medal match reaffirmed Argentina's hold over France as they ran out winners 34-10 to take the Bronze medal. We give some statistics from the match.

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England

No more Tests for Spreadbury

Tony Spreadbury, one of the most recognisable referees in world rugby, has decided to end his international refereeing career.

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Honiss hits the heights

Paul Honiss of New Zealand will become the world's most capped Test referee when he referees the 3rd-place play-off at Parc des Prince on Friday night. He breaks Derek Bevan's record of 44 Tests.

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England

Ten reasons England must win

skysports.com's Tony Curtis tells us why defending champions England must win Saturday's World Cup final against South Africa.

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England

Ten reasons the Boks must win

rugby365's John Dobson tells us why the Springboks must and will triumph over England in Saturday's World Cup final in Paris!

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Second Phase

Greetings from Paris!

Whether this is altruism or a just a gloat is for you to decide, but we thought we'd bring you a taste of Paris as the Final looms.

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Barnes wrong, but.....

Paddy O'Brien, the International Rugby Board's manager, has admitted that match officials made mistakes when France beat New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-final and that those mistakes were tough on New Zealand but continues to claim that the did not "cost" new Zealand the match.

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Statistics - SF ball use

The semi-finals rushed pass us in great tension as four teams fought for two places. Twenty had become eight, then four and now two.

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Rolland looks forward

Alain Rolland becomes just the fifth referee to referee a Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, and he is excited. He told us so.

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Law Discussion - the RWC semis

There were two semi-finals at the World Cup in which England beat France and South Africa beat Argentina. We have some points of law to talk about.

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OPINION

Mailbox: England to face the Boks

Who would have predicted it? Perhaps not even the wisest old rugby owl, but England are through to defend their title in the Rugby World Cup against South Africa in Paris this Saturday.

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Referees to 21 October

The world is on tiptoe as it waits for the 2007 World Cup Final with Alain Rolland to referee it. He will have Joel Jutge and Paul Honiss on the touch lines, Stuart Dickinson up in the TMO's box and Michel Lamoulie to check up on him

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Statistics - second semi

South Africa scored first and last and won the second 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-final 37-13. We give some statistics from the match.

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Statistics - first semi

Yet another close affair in the knock-out rounds of the 2007 Rugby World Cup - a gripping match with England taking the lead with just six minutes left. We give some statistics of the match, mostly about getting possession.

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Law Discussion from the quarters

The four quarter-finals in the 2007 Rugby World Cup were tense affairs and there are things to talk about scrums - apart from the obvious ones.

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The World Cup is there for SA's taking

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck believes the 2007 Rugby World Cup is there for South Africa's taking, but they need to learn from the demise of Australia and New Zealand in order to get past Argentina this week and secure a place in the final on October 20.

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Quarter-final law squabbles

There was enormous upset in New Zealand and the New Zealand diaspora about certain aspects of the refereeing in Saturday's quarter-final between New Zealand and France which France won 20-18. We shall talk about this.

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Referees for late Springbok matches

Despite the complaints about excessive pressure on players, South Africa will be playing two more matches when November runs into December. As the world runs to Christmas, Chris White and Christophe Berdos will referee the matches.

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IRB backs its referees

There has been a torrent of criticism, much of it abusive, in the wake of New Zealand's RWC exit - much of it aimed at referee Wayne Barnes.

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Statistics - using possession in the quarters

The tense, testing quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup have come and gone, leaving a trail of incrimination behind one of them.

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OPINION

Mailbox: Beware the underdog

Whilst the world is getting carried away with New Zealand's exit at the hand of World Cup hosts France at the weekend, one must not forget the 'other' upset that took place just hours beforehand in Marseilles.

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Lawrence to referee the Currie Cup Final

Mark Lawrence will referee his first Currie Cup Final on 27 October 2007, JC Fortuin and Craig Joubert the semi-finals.

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Referees to 14 October

All eyes will be on the two World Cup semi-finals, to be refereed by Jonathan Kaplan and Steve Walsh. But there are also other matches of crucial importance.

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Six Nations referees for 2008

Chris White starts the 2008 Six Nations at Croke Park in Dublin, according to the list of appointments sent out by the International Rugby.

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OPINION

Mailbox: 'Au Revoir' All Blacks

The All Blacks, favourites to lift the Webb Ellis trophy at the Rugby World Cup in France, will have to wait yet another four long years to do so after crashing out 18-20 to Les Bleus over the weekend.

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OPINION

Mailbox: Henry's head

In defeat, someone always has to take the blame. In this case it's All Blacks coach Graham Henry after his side crashed out of the Rugby World Cup with a shock 18-20 defeat to hosts France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Rolland to referee Final

Alain Rolland of Ireland becomes the fifth referee in the history of the World Cup to be appointed to referee the Final.

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Statistics - second two quarter-finals

There were two quarter-finals on the Sunday - South Africa vs Fiji in Marseille and Argentina vs Scotland in Paris, both exciting matches. We give some statistics.

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Statistics - first two quarter-finals

There were two quarter-finals on the Saturday - Australia vs England in Marseilles and France vs New Zealand in Cardiff. We give some statistics from these two thrillers.

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USA draws up refs' panels

The USA Rugby Referee and Laws Selection Committee has chosen the 2007-2008 National Panel Referees and National Focus Group referees.

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Damasco - TMO with a vital decision

Italy's top referee, Carlo Damasco of Naples, was at the World Cup as one of the 16 referees from around the world acting as touch judges and TMOs. He had one huge decision and nearly made a different one.

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Boks need to avoid complacency trap

Former Springbok centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck believes the Boks are well on track for a Rugby World Cup Final place, but complacency could be their greatest enemy during the knockout stages of the tournament.

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Referees to 7 October

Alan Lewis, Alain Rolland, Wayne Barnes and Joel Jutge have been appointed to referee the four quarter-final matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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Refs look to the final

Naturally there is speculation about the appointment of a referee to the World Cup Final - a rare honour for a referee.

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The final candidates

Naturally there is speculation about the appointment of a referee to the World Cup Final - a rare honour for a referee.

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Playing with Pool Statistics

For each match we have given some statistics and ended listing things like sanctionary cards, penalties, tries, stoppages, and so on.

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OPINION

Mailbox: England, Jenkins and ABs

An abundance of rugby news has exploded this past week at the World Cup and it was no surprise that you had a fair amount of opinions to get off your chest.

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Referees for RWC quarters

Alan Lewis, Alain Rolland, Wayne Barnes and Joel Jutge have been appointed to referee the four quarter-final matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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Law Discussion - RWC, Days 16-19

The Pool matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup rushed to a close with a dramatic final weekend where the futures of eight teams were decided. We discuss some law issues from Days 16-19, the last bit of the pool matches.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 19

We have statistics from the day's three matches - France vs Georgia, Argentina vs Ireland and South Africa vs the USA.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 18

Two more quarter-finalists were decided, both in thrillers when Fiji just beat Wales and Scotland just beat Italy. We have some statistics from the four matches on this day.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 17

Quarter-finals or home - that was the choice for England and Tonga. Eventually Ebngl;and were the ones to go to the quarters in an intriguing match in the Paris rain. We have some statistics.

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Laws & Referees

Referees for the IRB Sevens

The IRB has announced the referees appointed to its eight tournaments in 2007-08. They include referees from Romania and Fiji.

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Uncategorised

Forget the conspiracy theories

With all the talk of anti-Springbok conspiracy theories doing their rounds in France this week, former Bok centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck has a simple theory of his own - nobody is out to get us!

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Law Discussions

O'Brien talks on the time controversy

Paddy O'Brien, the IRB's manager of referees, has spoken out about the timekeeping controversy which followed the match between Canada and Japan refereed by Jonathan Kaplan.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 16

There were first wins for two teams in their final match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Samoa beat the USA and Georgia beat Namibia. We give stats from both matches.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - Day 15

There were two matches with exciting finishes on Day 15 of the World Cup in France - and a fair bit of controversy in the first one.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 15

There were two matches thrilling matches on this day - Canada and Japan drew when Japan scored a try in injury time and converted from far out. In the other match Romania came from behind to win when they scored a try with eight minutes to play.. We give some stats.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 13

There were three matches on this day on which South Africa battled to beat Tonga 30-25, England eventually beat Samoa 42-22 and Argentina were too good for Namibia whom they beat 63-3

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New Zealand

Mailbox: NZ choking?

Despite a below par performance for much of the Pool C match, New Zealand still managed to push aside a Scotland second-string outfit 40-0 in a less than convincing Rugby World Cup performance in Edinburgh on Sunday.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 30 September

There are vital matches in the World Cup this week. the lower end there are teams striving for one win to take home. At the top there are ambitious teams wanting to go on.

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Law Discussions

RWC Law Discussion - Days 12-14

The big match was Friday's night's in Paris when France and Ireland met in emotional conflict. But there were others, too, to give us incidents which help us brush up on our laws.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 11

The match in Cardiff between Wales and Japan produced a big (72-18) win for Wales but the try of the tournament so far by Japan. We give some match stats.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 14

There were two matches on this day - two on one-sided matches in which Australia beat Fiji 55-12 and New Zealand beat Scotland 40-0.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 12

This was the big crunch match at Stade de France when France beat Ireland 25-3.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 15

There were three matches on this day on which South Africa battled to beat Tonga 30-25, England eventually beat Samoa 42-22 and Argentina were too good for Namibia whom they beat 63-3

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Laws & Referees

Referees for five big ones

There are five big matches in the Rugby World Cup this weekend, and the men to referee them are Chris White, Wayne Barnes, Alan Lewis, Nigel Owens and Marius Jonker.

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Laws & Referees

Magners drops 'neutral' for refs

Celtic Rugby has made a change to the way it appoints referees, no longer requiring referees to be unattached or neutral.

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Laws & Referees

Statistics - RWC, Day 11

The match in Cardiff between Wales and Japan produced a big (72-18) win for wales but the try of the tournament so far by Japan. We give some match stats.

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Law Discussions

RWC Law Chat - Days 9/10

Scotland beat Romania 42-0 at Murrayfield and then Italy beat Portugal at Parc des Princes in Paris. Here are the important points of law.

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'Mature' Springboks too clinical for England

Former Springbok centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck gives us his exclusive and in-depth analysis on South Africa's Rugby World Cup campaign - including the Boks' 36-0 win over England at the weekend.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - RWC, Day 10

It is the start of the third round of matches in which Italy battled to beat Portugal, scoring two tries in the last eight minutes for a 31-5 victory. Here are some statistics from the match.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - after Days, 6, 7 and 8

Lots of things happen at the World Cup and there are lots of law points from the most complicated game on earth.

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Law Discussions

Treading on the TMOs

Silence is not always golden. There's an aura of mistrust around the officiating which, in some instances, is exacerbated by silence.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 9, Statistics

There was just one match on Day 9 of the 2007 Rugby World Cup - Scotland against Romania at Murrayfield, not an exhilarating match. We give some statistics of the match.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 23 September

The World Cup rolls on with another crunch match on Friday evening. It is a vital one for France, who have been beaten, and for Ireland, who have been battling.

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Law Discussions

Law discussion - Mike Pyke

It was not the first tough call for the television match official during the World Cup but then that is why they are there - to help with the tough calls, like whether to award Canada a try or penalise them.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 8, Statistics

The days started with two thrillers when Fiji beat Canada, which was perhaps a surprise, and Tonga beat Samoa, which was a surprise. After all Canada had done well in defeat against Wales and Samoa had done well in defeat against South Africa. The match between Namibia and France was a mismatch, made more so when Namibia were reduced to 14 men.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 7, Statistics

There were three matches on Saturday - New Zealand's romp against the brave Portuguese who sing their anthem with more gusto than anybody else, Australia's important win over Wales and the luck of the bewildered Irish against the ardent Georgians.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 6, Statistics

This was a big match in the context of the World Cup 2007, England, the World Champions, against South Africa, former World Champions. We give some match statistics here.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - Samoa's 'try' revisited

In our Law Discussion on Day 3 of the World Cup, there is a little twist come to light, which may bear further consideration.

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Laws & Referees

Jutge - back in the middle

In June this year Joel Jutge refereed a Test between England and South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, but Friday will be different.

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Law Discussions

Law Discussion - RWC Day 5

There were three matches on Day 5 on which Tonga beat the USA, Fiji beat Japan in a thriller and Italy battled to beat Romania. There is one incident in particular that drew our attention.

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Laws & Referees

Shrinking Murrayfield

The Scots play Romania at Murrayfield, and the field of play has had to be shrunk somewhat to conform to the fields played on in France.

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News

Keep our World Cup a score

Around the corridors of the International Rugby Board, there is a growing campaign that the next World Cup will be sixteen teams only.

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Uncategorised

Springboks look too good for England

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck has loads to talk about in his sport365 column this week - injuries, altered suspensions, SA's win over Samoa and Friday night's encounter with the English.

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Second Phase

Citings, fighting and biting

We are but a week into rugby's most prestigious tournament and already it is shrouded in citings and boosted by David and Goliath stories.

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Laws & Referees

Refs for NZ Cup - Week 9

The NZRFU has announced the match officials for the ninth round of the Air New Zealand Cup.

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OPINION

Mailbox: Your beef with Burger

Springbok flank Schalk Burger's four-match ban for his dangerous high tackle on Samoa scrum-half Junior Polu has outraged the rugby world, even more so after England captain Phil Vickery was slapped with a soft two-match ban for his trip on USA centre Paul Emerick.

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Law Discussions

Time's up?

There was lots of criticism of the referee in the match between Samoa and South Africa. One of the criticisms concerned time.

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Laws & Referees

RWC match points

The award of match points in the Rugby World Cup, while common enough in most rugby competitions, is causing some surprise to some readers. We give the match points here.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 5, Statistics

There were three matches on Day 5 - an interesting one in the heat of Montpellier, an exciting one in Toulouse, and a grim, tedious, nasty one in Marseilles.

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Law Discussions

Law discussion - RWC, Day 3

There was plenty to talk about on Day 3 as well when some of the minnows became piranhas and bit back - not enough to destroy but enough to cause discomfort.

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Schools

SACS run away with Villager 7s

SACS had little difficulty in winning the disrupted 39th Villager Sevens at Brookside on Saturday, winning the final by a huge margin.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 4, Statistics

There was just the one match on Day 4 - Argentina vs Georgia, a tough ask for Argentina after their bruising match with France on Friday, especially as the Lelos were not a team to shirk a physical encounter.

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England

MAILBOX: 'Au Revoir' England?

England's wobbly start to their World Cup defence against the USA has attracted a few annoyed readers, who feel coach Brian Ashton and his troops may as well start packing their bags and call it a day.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 16 September

The World Cup moves on with an important one in Paris on Friday. In England the Premiership starts.

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Law Discussions

Law discussion - RWC, Day 2

There were three matches on Saturday to give us pegs to hang discussion on - New Zealand vs Italy, Australia vs Japan and England vs USA.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 3, Statistics

There were four matches on Day 3 of the 2007 Rugby World Cup - but there were not the runaway scores that happened on Day 2.

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Law Discussions

RWC opening stats

The World Cup opened with a gripping match between France and Argentina at Stade de France on Friday night. We give some statistics from the match.

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Law Discussions

RWC, Day 2, Statistics

The second day of the Rugby World Cup had two matches with huge scores and one which was mercifully more modest. We give some statistics from those matches.

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Law Discussions

Law incidents from RWC's opener

The grand opening of the 2007 Rugby World Cup turned out to be a thriller as the dramatic match moved to its gripping end.

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The waiting is nearly over...

With the 2007 Rugby World Cup upon us, 1999 RWC centre and sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck looks at South Africa's opening game this weekend, whilst also making a few RWC predictions of his own.

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Laws & Referees

Tony Spreadbury - the unique referee

Tony Spreadbury will referee the opening match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup - a referee with a unique style among his peers.

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Schools

Glenwood revive Old Boys match

Glenwood's 1st XV, the Green Machine, beat the Old Boys 24-21 in the first match between the 1st XV and the Old Boys since the early 1980s.

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Schools

Top 20 - 4 September 2007

This is the final Top 20 for 2007 after we have examined all schools, a tough task with some many top schools in South Africa. Not that it was hard to choose Grey College as the top school.

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Laws & Referees

First refs for each RWC

On Friday night in the City of Lights, Tony Spreadbury will have the honour of blowing the whistle that will set the 2007 World Cup going.

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Laws & Referees

The whistle, the coin they use

Rugby World Cup has seldom been filled with character. But there are two artefacts which are full of character and tradition.

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Schools

Villager Sevens washed out

For the first time in 39 years, the Villager Sevens tournament was stopped on Friday because of heavy rain.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 9 September

The World Cup is here! The waiting will soon be over. It will be over when Tony Spreadbury blows the whistle to start it at Stade de France on Friday night.

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Laws & Referees

Famous NZ ref dies suddenly

At the age of 75 Dave Millar, a famous referee, died on 1 September.

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Uncategorised

Steyn's a Mauger Bok asset

sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck looks back at South Africa's last two Rugby World Cup warm-up matches against Connacht and Scotland, before picking his starting fifteen for SA's RWC opener against Samoa next Sunday.

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Laws & Referees

O'Brien meets the managers

Paddy O'Brien, the IRB manager of referees, will meet with the managers of the 20 participating World Cup teams in Paris on Tuesday.

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Schools

Top 20 - 28 August 2007

The season is over now and it ended with relatively few matches. None of the results were enough to cause waves in our Top 20.

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Law Discussions

Incidents in late August Tests

We are going to take incidents for law discussion from three Tests at the end of August - Ireland vs Italy in Belfast, Scotland vs South Africa in Edinburgh and Wales vs France in Cardiff.

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England

MAILBOX - Stransky v Woodward

So who will win between England and South Africa? Former South Africa World Cup winning fly-half Joel Stransky and former England World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward have put money on their respective fellow country-men. This is what you had to say about it...

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Law Discussions

Stats for three warm-up Tests

These are statistics from three Tests played this past weekend - Ireland vs Italy, Scotland vs South Africa and Wales vs France.

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Second Phase

Spies: What happened to choice?

Rugby365 editor Jan de Koning looks at the protracted Pierre Spies saga and wonders if there are some underlying reasons for the unwillingness of the South African Rugby Union and its commercial arm, SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd, to allow young Pierre Spies to continue playing.

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Uruguay

Chile in strange defeat

Chile's Condors led Uruguay's Teros 27-0 and lost 35-34 at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago on Saturday, a huge turnaround.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 2 September

Suddenly, after a flurry of international activity, things are relatively quiet this weekend as the world waits expectantly to the whirlwind of the World Cup.

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Schools

SACS do the double over Wynberg

SACS comfortably beat traditional rivals Wynberg Boys? High 38-22 in the annual FNB Classic Clash. The match was played at SACS in front of a large and appreciate crowd. The weather was magnificent and the teams were privileged to have Jonathan Kaplan overseeing the final game of their season.

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Italy

Damasco to blow full time

The Italian referee, Carlo Damasco, becomes Italy's first-ever full-time referee.

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Schools

Bishops -Rondebosch thriller

On a beautiful morning at Rondebosch Boys' High the home team nearly turned the tables against Bishops who need a try at the gasp to beat Rondebosch

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Schools

Schools Results - 25 August

Well, that seems to be that. The season has worn itself out and it seems that it was only yesterday that it started.

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Law Discussions

Two tries in Belfast

The match between Ireland and Italy had been a bitty affair, more interesting for the closeness of the score than the fluency of the play till those last two minutes or so when two tries were scored, both questioned.

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Argentina

Other matches at the end of August

There are several forms of warm-up matches for the teams closing in on France for the World Cup. Apart from the matches in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, Samoa and Tonga are in action - and in Santiago Chile play Uruguay.

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Schools

Queen's win Border derby again

The Queen?s first XV concluded their 2007 season with a satisfying 16-3 victory over Dale College in King William?s Town on Saturday afternoon, with neither side scoring points in the second half.

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Schools

Top 20 -21 August 2007

There were not many matches but there were some telling ones which have had an effect on our standings.

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Law Discussions

August Wk 3, laws from Tests

From Week 3 we have we are going to take incidents from the matches between Wales and Argentina in Cardiff and France and England in Paris.

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Argentina

MAILBOX: England woes continues

As England fans wind down from yet another loss to the French in their World Cup warm-up at the weekend, it seems many of yuo are still wound up over the men in white's (or is that men in red?) performance...

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Law Discussions

Law talk on Currie Cup, Wk 8

There are always things to talk about but there is one this week which tells us so much about the laws and their application. It happened in dry old Kimberley.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 26 August

There are warm-up matches. There is an interesting match in France when Algeria play only their second match as a country.

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Spain

Spain beat Uruguay in Montevideo

Spain won the second match of their South American tour in Montevideo on Saturday when they beat a young Uruguay side 18-10. This comes after their victory over Chile earlier in the week.

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Laws & Referees

Injury replacement at RWC

Once the country has announced its squad for the World Cup and once it is at the World Cup., it is allowed replacements for two reasons.

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Schools

SACS overwhelm Rondebosch

Playing at home in the glorious midday sun, SACS produced a sparkling first-half performance to blow away a woeful Rondebosch Boys' High School team. SACS led 36-0 at the interval before running out eventual 48-19 winners.

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Law Discussions

Stats for August Tests, Wk 3

There were several matches, three easily available on television Wales vs Argentina, England vs France and Italy vs Japan.

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Law Discussions

Loffreda and the penalty try

After the match in Cardiff between Argentina and Wales, which Wales won 27-20, Marcelo Loffreda joined the band of coaches cross with the referee. In particular he was angry that the referee had not awarded a penalty try to the Pumas.

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Schools

Schools Results - 18 August

There were upsets in the Eastern Cape this weekend with Grey, Die Brandwag and Daniel Pienaar causing them.

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Laws & Referees

NZ Cup referees, Wks 6-8

New Zealand has announced the match officials appointed to matches in Weeks 6-8 of the Air New Zealand Cup. One of them is a Ranfurly Shield match, to be refereed by Josh Noonan.

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Uncategorised

It smells of 1995...

Former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck liked what he saw from Jake White's Boks on Wednesday evening and not just because they managed to put more than 100 points past Namibia at Newlands. Fleckie saw was 22 guys playing for each other out there - much like the World Cup-winning side of 1995.

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Law Discussions

Law incidents - August Tests, Wk 2

Scotland beat Ireland at Murrayfield and France beat England at Twickenham, both matches free of controversy but still with a law point or two worth talking about.

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Law Discussions

Law incidents - CC Week 7

The Currie Cup has finished Week 7 with the Cheetahs looking invincible. We are not going to talk about the cup prospects about come incidents of law from the matches.

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Law Discussions

Stats for SA vs Namibia

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Schools

Top 20 - 14 August

There was another long weekend but still some matches took place, enough to cause a bit of shuffling in the Top 20 as the season peters out.

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England

MAILBOX: England's RWC squad

With England's 30-man Rugby World Cup squad now finalised, we asked you if this was the right group of men to defend the spoils won four years ago. These are your thoughts on Brian Ashton's selection...

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Second Phase

Why you should be at Newlands

Rugby365 editor Jan de Koning tells us why there are two very good reasons to go to Newlands on Wednesday to watch the Springboks play Namibia in a World Cup warm-up match!

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Law Discussions

Law incident from Bloemfontein

The Cheetahs played the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein and there were two incidents of foul play which may well have led to the offenders getting off lightly.

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Canada

Kuklinski hangs up the whistle

Bruce Kuklinski, who was awarded British Columbia's 2006-2007 official of the year award, will be retiring from top-flight rugby in Canada and British Columbia after refereeing Rugby Canada Super League Final in Regina on 18 August.

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Law Discussions

August Test stats, week 2

We have statistics for two Tests this week - Scotland vs Ireland at Murrayfield and England vs France at Twickenham.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 19 August

The warm-ups go on from Marseilles to Ottawa. And Spain are on tour in South America. The Test at Newlands is the first between the two countries.

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Schools

Schools Results - 12 August

There were the Finals of Die Burger's competitions with wins in wet Wellington for Paarl Boys' High (Big Schools), Die Brandwag (Medium Schools) and Bredasdorp (Small Schools).

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Schools

Fine win for Bishops

The wind barrelled down off Devil's Peak, cold and mean but the match between Bishops and SACS, ancient rugby rivals, took no notice and produced a splendid match on Memorial A on Women's Day, SACS probably underdone by the final score of 41-17 in the favour of Bishops.

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Law Discussions

Law discussion from Twickenham

England had a huge 62-5 victory over Wales which would now carry the regular epithet weakened, in keeping with the time and custom of 2007. There are just a few things to note about the match.

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Schools

Boys' High, Kwaggas in Burger final

Paarl Boys' High and Outeniqua will contest the final of Die Burger's rugby competition for schools.

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Tables - Logs

Pro12 table 2011/12

Pro12 table 2011/12.

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Laws & Referees

Touch judge punches prop

That's a bit like man bites dog, but it happened in unpleasant circumstances in Port Elizabeth, and it's hard to blame the touch judge.

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Fixtures & Results

Magners League fixtures/results - 2011/12

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Laws & Referees

Alan Lewis - the thorough referee

Alan Lewis, sportsman, is preparing for the match at Twickenham between England and France, and the concentration of his preparation is mainly in his mind.

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Schools

Victory closes Graeme's season

Graeme ended their rugby season with a 75% winning record when they beat Muir 29-13 in Uitenhage on Wednesday.

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Law Discussions

Currie Cup, Week 6, law incidents

The Currie Cup is developing into a two-horse race and after Saturday's match in the wind and the rain of Durban the leading horse has increased his lead. We have some incidents from the week to make a law discussion.

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Laws & Referees

IRB's ELVs in ARC

The International Rugby Board's experimental law variations (ELVs) will be further tested in the new Australian Rugby Championship.

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Spain

Spain pick for South America

Spain have chosen their squad for their two-Test tour of South America, starting next week.

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Schools

Wynberg pip Rondebosch

Wynberg recovered from their heavy defeat at the hands of Paul Roos on Saturday, to beat Rondebosch 9-6 in this pre-long weekend encounter at Rondebosch.

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Schools

Green Machine still unbeaten in KZN

In the final local encounter of the season, form and results were put aside as Glenwood and Kearsney locked horns in Botha's Hill. It was a hard fought physical encounter, resulting in a well-deserved 19-9 win for the boys from Nicolson Road.

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Second Phase

Polarity, rugby's most popular pastime

Jan de Koning takes a look at some of the public spats that have emerged in the past few weeks, not just in South Africa, but also in other parts of the world. He thinks polarity has become officialdom's favourite pastime.

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Laws & Referees

Kaplan for Newlands Test

Jonathan Kaplan of South Africa has been appointed to referee the Test at Newlands between South Africa and Namibia on 15 August.

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Schools

Top 20 - 7 August

The season is petering out now, except down in the Cape where the oval ball is chased with as much enthusiasm as ever. But there were still come great clashes to affect our ranking.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 12 August

There are more warm-up matches this weekend with Alan Lewis to handle the ancient animosity between England and France at Twickenham.

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Schools

Gimmies win - again

Before twice the crowd which watched Western Province at Newlands, Paarl Gimnasium beat Paarl Boys' High 10-0. This was the fourth successive victory for Gimmies.

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Schools

The Queenstown derby

The Derby between local rivals Queen?s and Hangklip lived up to expectation and had the large crowd of supporters on their feet with excitement, as the game hung in the balance until the final whistle was blown, signalling a 13-8 victory for Queen?s.

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England

England vs Wales, stats

Warm-up matches moved to the Northern Hemisphere with the match at Twickenham between England and Wales when Wales - again - fielded an understrength side and suffered the biggest hiding Wales has ever got from England.

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Schools

SACS too strong for Strand

Playing their last away game of the season, SACS comfortably overcame Strand High in clear but windy and cold conditions. The final score was 19-0, but SACS would have disappointed not to

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Schools

Schools Results - 4 August

There were some big matches and there were some derby matches and there was one horrible match amongst those which we shall report on.

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Schools

Burger Schools Competition to start

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Laws & Referees

Shock decline in SA Referee numbers

In just two years the number of registered referees in South Africa has dropped from 2 700 to 1 800. This is a matter of grave concern.

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Schools

Paarl's massive Interschools

It is the Interschools. There are others but really Interschools means Paarl Boys' High vs Paarl Gim in Paarl in August - the Galpille against the Bloedworse and all the world passionately in support of one or the other.

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Schools

SACS far too strong for Castleknock

SA College High School (SACS) on Wednesday played host to Castleknock College of Dublin, Ireland. SACS were far too strong for their overseas counterparts and ran out comfortable 74-3 winners.

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Schools

Changes to Villager Schools Sevens

The 39th Villager Sevens Tournament takes place at the Villager Football Club, Brookside, Claremont, on 31 August this year. There are considerable changes to the tournament structure.

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Uncategorised

Long-term planning the key to success

This week sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck gives us his thoughts on Pierre Spies's shock World Cup-ending illness, as well as questioning South Africa's long-term planning after the tournament in France.

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Law Discussions

Currie Cup, Week 5's incidents

We have just had Week 5 of the Currie Cup with big wins for the Sharks and the Cheetahs. We have some incidents for law discussion - as usual.

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Schools

Top 20 - 31 July

July is over already and the season is rushing to an end..The Top 20 is still not a settled affair.

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Laws & Referees

IRB reprimands Honiss

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has reprimanded New Zealand referee Paul Honiss, who is on the IRB?s 12-man Test Match Referee Panel and destined for the World Cup later this year, for comments he made on New Zealand radio last week that encouraged players to talk more to referees and to question decisions. This is clearly against IRB policy.

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Laws & Referees

Heard to manage Border refs

After 13 years as an onfield referee, Iain Heard moves into referees' administration, succeeding Bill Calder as Referees Development Manager for the Borders and also becomes the National Referee Academy Manager, a new post.

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Law Discussions

Fair and responsible?

The Sharks played the Blue Bulls in Durban last Saturday, a fascinating match which the Sharks won 29-10. Naturally there was a match report in the Sunday Tribune. We wonder at some of it.

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Schools

Thrilling game goes to Kingswood

Kingswood College 1st XV beat Graeme College at City Lord's in another Grahamstown derby on Saturday, by 14-7. Graeme may have been favourites before the game, but the home team's defense and superior commitment on the day gave them a thrilling victory.

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Schools

Selborne profit in Queenstown

Queen?s were unable to prevent the visitors from making it two in a row, when they succumbed to a stronger, more physical Selborne outfit, losing 30-3 on the Rec last Saturday afternoon.

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Schools

Glenwood and Affies start friendhip

For the first time in their collective histories Glenwood and Affies faced each other in a multitude of sports at the famous Pretoria school over the weekend in what is sure to become a lasting and prosperous relationship.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 4 August

There is a Test this weekend - a warm-up Test but a Test and Joel Jutge of France is the man to referee it - good warm-up for him, too.

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Laws & Referees

O'Brien blows the whistle on whingers

Paddy O'Brien, the International Rugby Board (IRB) refereeing co-ordinator, has declared war on Rugby Union's whingers.

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Schools

Schools Results - 28 July

There were derby matches in Kimberley, Welkom, Kroonstad, Goodwood in Cape Town, Middelburg, Bloemfontein, Grahamstown and on the Border.way in the Middelburg derby.

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Law Discussions

Some more tackle talk

Recently Liam Byrne of Ireland wrote on the need for a fair contest at the tackle. Two readers sent their views. Andre Watson expressed his views on the fair contest on the South African Referees' website. Now two more readers have their say.

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Schools

Glenwood beat more tourists

A much-changed Glenwood team were too strong for the touring John Fisher School from England, winning 45-19 at Glenwood on Wednesday.

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Australia

Refs for ARC start

Matt Goddard will blow the first whistle to start the first match of the brand new Australian Rugby Championship with its brand new teams.

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Law Discussions

Currie Cup incidents, 21 July

We have discussed some law issues from incidents in the last Saturday of Tri-Nations and now discuss some incidents from Currie Cup matches played over that same weekend.

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Law Discussions

Laws - fair contest response

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Law Discussions

Reaction to the quick throw suggestion

Late last week Peter Shortell sent us some thoughts on the proposed change to the quick throw-in which would allow the throw to travel back, not just straight.

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Schools

Top 20 - 24 July 2007

The schools are back from strikes and holidays and some are even playing rugby after holidays which included the Craven Weeks, the Academy Week and the Grant Khomo Week.

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Schools

Kirkwood win merrily

This past weekend Kirkwood played Paul Sauer of Kareedouw at Kirkwood sports fields and won well.

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Schools

Glenwood run over English opposition

On Monday, 23 July, Glenwood hosted Hampton School from the UK and beat them 58-0.

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Schools

Queen's rule in East London

The Queen's College 1st XV played some delightful rugby in East London last Saturday to outclass their opposition by 59 points to 12, after leading 24-5 at halftime.

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Schools

Glenwood win well again

On a perfect, warm, still winter's day in Pietermaritzburg, Glenwood beat Voortrekker 38-5, scoring six tries to one.

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Law Discussions

Incidents Tri-Nations, Wk 6

The Tri-Nations has come and rushed to its end in wet Eden Park. It has been a strange Tri-Nations as there has been always one eye on the World Cup. But still we have law incidents to discuss.

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OPINION

Weeping over Weepu?

Poor Piri Weepu must be devastated at having played, or at least been involved in, pretty much every All Blacks squad since the last Rugby World Cup, and then missed out on the most important squad of all.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 29 July

The calm before the storm as what rugby there is remains largely domestic with the Tri-Nations over and the World Cup gathering impetus.

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Schools

SACS stumble in Paarl

SACS will be left kicking themselves as wasted opportunities and basic errors cost them the chance of an upset out in Paarl. After the heavy overnight rain it turned out to be a beautiful day for rugby as Paarl Boys' High eventually ran out 28-18 winners.

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Law Discussions

Tri-Nations, Week 6, Statistics

The Tri-Nations came to an end on Saturday with the rain-bedevilled match at Eden Park which saw New Zealand win both the Tri-Nations Cup and the Bledisloe Cup. We give some statistics of the match.

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Schools

Maritzburg College surprise Michaelhouse

Before a huge crowd on Goldstone's Maritzburg College beat powerful Michaelhouse 25-14 on Saturday.

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Australia

MAILBOX: You are impressed

The All Blacks beat Australia 26-12 over the weekend to retain the Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup for 2007. The Wallabies put up a decent fight - especially in the first half - but lost their way in the second. We asked if you were impressed with the New Zealand victory and while the ref has once again taken some flak, this is what you had to say...

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Schools

Schools Results 22 July

Strikes are over and the holidays are over and lots of schools are playing rugby again. Some north of the Vaal and over the Drakensberg have given up for the year, which must be a blow to lots of enthusiastic boys.

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Schools

SA Schools send Academy back to class

The South African Schools side taught the Academy a lesson at Newlands on Saturday when they beat them 50-15.

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Ireland

Leinster Schools hang on to win

Leinster Schools withstood an eager attack towards the end of their match with a WP Invitation XV to win 16-12 at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

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Law Discussions

Fair contest at the tackle

A contest for possession is enshrined in the laws of the game. Liam Byrne of Leinster writes to us deploring the absence of a fair contest. We shall first quote from the preamble to the Laws of the Game on Principles of the game and then what Liam Byrne has to say about a fair contest at the tackle.

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New Zealand

Glenwood beat Kelston

In a first, Glenwood played against Kelston Boys' High from New Zealand on Tuesday 17 July and won well.

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Law Discussions

Quick throw-in backwards

One of the possible changes to the law being tested at present is the idea of allowing the quick throw-in from touch to be backwards instead of straight. Peter Shortell of Cheltenham has questions about this.

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Laws & Referees

Refs for NZ rep matches

New Zealand Rugby Union has announced the appointments of match officials to the first five weeks of the Air New Zealand Cup competition and the AA Rewards Heartland Competition. Lyndon Bray of Wellington will start procedures up the road in Palmerston North.

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Laws & Referees

Nigel Owens on the Bledisloe

Craig Joubert is back in Auckland, for the fourth time this year to run touch in the Bledisloe Cup this weekend, the final of the Tri-Nations. Having well defeated all the tourist spots and having a tee-off time only on Friday, he passed some of his time catching up with one of his old mates from the IRB Sevens, this weekend's Bledisloe Cup Referee from Wales, Nigel Owens.

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Ireland

Leinster Schools on SA tour

Leinster schools have taken a squad of 26 players on a tour to South Africa, starting in Cape Town on Wednesday.

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Uncategorised

Robbie Fleck plays RWC selector

sport365 columnist Robbie Fleck tries his hand as a national selector this week, with the 1999 World Cup Springbok revealing HIS 30-man Bok squad for the 2007 RWC in France later this year.

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Law Discussions

Law incidents from Tri-Nations, Wk 5

The Tri-Nations is drawing to an exciting end at Eden Park but we are going to talk about just a few law matters from the match in Christchurch when New Zealand played South Africa.

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New Zealand

ABs v Boks reaction

With New Zealand struggling to overcome a supposedly weak South Africa side 33-6 in Christchurch on Saturday, reaction has been swift in coming towards the All Blacks' performance. This is what you had to say...

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Australia

Currie Cup first for Aussie ref

Brett Bowden of Canberra, the referees manager in ACT and a Super 14 referee, is in South Africa for a fortnight and in that time he will referee Currie Cup rugby - a first for a foreigner.

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Schools

South African Schools Players (1974-2007)

The first South African Schools team was chosen in 1974 and went to Europe on tour. Each year the side gets chosen, occasionally to play overseas opponents, regularly in the past against Army or University Under-19 sides, more recently against its second stringers.

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Australia

Ayoub retires from active refereeing

George Ayoub, one of rugby's top and most popular referees, has decided to hang up the whistle at the end of this year.

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Schools

Grey have most in national teams

The South African Schools and the South African Academy teams have been chosen and meet at Newlands on Saturday. Grey College have seven players amongst the 44 -which is not surprising as they, in the guise of Free State, were by far the best team at the week.

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Schools

Schools Sevens tournament introduced

A national Sevens tournament for schools was launched on Monday in Pretoria, sponsored by the internet service provider @lantic.

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Laws & Referees

Referees to 22 July

The Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup finals all happen on one day at Eden Park in Auckand when New Zealand play Australia, and Nigel Owens of Wales is the man to see fair play.

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