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Referees to 19 November 2017
It's more of the exciting same this week as the teams from last week get shuffled. Again there will be big, enthusiastic crowds. Again the referees will be on their toes. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.
Egon Seconds - Fast mover
Egon was slow to start playing and then raced ahead on a glittering path. He was reluctant to start refereeing and then flashed into international prominence in no time. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.
Law discussion: A made-up law?
The laws of rugby football are drawn up by a consortium of wise men at World Rugby, which is a name change for the International Rugby Board, founded in 1886, for the express purpose of drawing up laws for the whole of the rugby union world. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.
Duty Ref 540 - Lourens van der Merwe
Still an active referee, though he is lately more inclined to sit up in the TMO box than on his feet down on the field, Lourens van der Merwe was recently elected the chairman of the Free State Referees' Society, a man who has done much for refereeing in South Africa.
Duty Ref 539 - Jaco van Heerden
Jaco van Heerden is a busy man - husband and father, practising advocate and referee much in demand. On Sunday he was at Loftus Versfeld for a Currie Cup match and this week he is in Bloemfontein when the Cheetahs play the Blue Bulls. Busy though he is, he still has time to answer readers' questions.
Duty Ref 538 - Marius van der Westhuizen
Marius has been whizzing around the world and has just been in lush Nelspruit, but he still has time to answer questions from, readers.
Clip 1 - 16 November 2017 - Law 6
All the way back. New Zealand are penalised near the Barbarians' goal-line. Andy Ellis the Barbarians' scrumhalf taps the ball and passes it to inside centre Harold Vorster. V...
Clip 2 - 15 November 2017 - Law 21
BaaBaa cunning! The match is in its last seconds when the referee penalises Sam Cane of New Zealand for tackling Dillon Hunt of the barbarians without the ball. Scrumhalf Mitchell Dru...
Clip 3 - 14 November 2017 - Law 16
Work for you.. The Cheetahs are running with the ball against Connacht. On 10 occasions Cheetah ball-carriers are brought to ground. We thought tat it would be a good exercise to...