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Urgent: Law Change

World Rugby's Council has proclaimed a law change that is to be applied immediately.

The Change concerns Law 9 in the new, 2018, edition of the Laws of the Game. Previously, it had been Law 10, dealing with Foul Play.

World Rugby's proclamation reads:

Acting in accordance with the Bye-Laws and on behalf of Council the World, Rugby Executive Committee have agreed to create a new Law 9.19 for implementation with Immediate effect:

Law 9.19 Acting in accordance with the Bye-Laws and on behalf of Council the World
Rugby Executive Committee have agreed to create a new Law 9.19 for implementation with Immediate effect:

Law 9.19 In open play,...

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Referees for Both Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced the referees for their Sevens Series for men and women. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees for November Tests

World Rugby has announced the referees appointed to the 45 international matches to be played in November - 45 matches, 90 teams, 2070 players. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 14 October 2018

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Referees to 7 October 2018

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Urgent: Law Change

World Rugby's Council has proclaimed a law change that is to be applied immediately....

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Referees for Both Sevens Series

Referees for Both Sevens Series

World Rugby has announced the referees for their Sevens Series for men and women. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Referees for November Tests

Referees for November Tests

World Rugby has announced the referees appointed to the 45 international matches to be played in November - 45 matches, 90 teams, 2070 players. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Referees to 14 October 2018

Referees to 14 October 2018

The comeback Saturday of the Rugby Championship ended the competition with high drama, as the All Blacks came from way behind to beat the Springboks 32-30 and the Wallabies came from further behind to beat the Pumas 45-34. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

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Duty Ref 546 - Jaco Peyper

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Law Videos

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Clip 3 - 28 September 2018 - Law 18

Clip 3 - 28 September 2018 - Law 18

South Africa are attacking on the left. Willie le Roux kicks a grubber. Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi darts ahead and gathers the ball near the touchline on his left. He runs ahead but, as the...

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Clip 2 - 26 September 2018 - Law 12

Clip 2 - 26 September 2018 - Law 12

Aphiwe Dyantyi of South Africa scores a try which Handré Pollard converts. Beauden Barrett of New Zealand is to kick-off. It is not good - low and clearly not travelling the re...

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Clip 1 - 24 September 2018 - Law 15

Clip 1 - 24 September 2018 - Law 15

It started with a rare occurrence. Griquas are attacking the Free State goal-line when the Free State win a turnover. Scrumhalf Rudy Paige passes back to flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg who,...