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Numbers & Sideline Helpers: PRO14 Regulations


There are clear regulations regarding team numbers, assistants next to the field in PRO14 matches and also the new HIA trial amendments.

Teams with 23 Players

a. Must have a reserve loosehead prop, a reserve tighthead prop and a reserve hooker – 8 replacements

b. If they only nominate two (2) reserve front row players, the team is reduced to 22 players – thus only 7 replacements

c. Replacements process/conditions and uncontested scrums reduction as per norm

Technical Zone

a. Three (3) medical persons – must be:

  • i. a certified and practising medical doctor
  •  ii. may not roam – ente...

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Referees to 23 September 2018

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Numbers & Sideline Helpers: PRO14 Regulations

There are clear regulations regarding team numbers, assistants next to the field in PRO14 matches and also the new HIA trial amendments....

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Umpires to Referees - and back?

Umpires to Referees - and back?

In rugby football, we claim we have referees and yet they are, perhaps, more correctly umpires while cricket has umpires who are, perhaps, more correctly referees. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Referees to 23 September 2018

Referees to 23 September 2018

No Tests but lots of testing activity. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Numbers & Sideline Helpers: PRO14 Regulations

Numbers & Sideline Helpers: PRO14 Regulations

There are clear regulations regarding team numbers, assistants next to the field in PRO14 matches and also the new HIA trial amendments.

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Duty Ref 547 - Marius van der Westhuizen

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

Duty Ref 546 - Jaco Peyper

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

Duty Ref 545 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Joey Klaaste-Salmans, a former top panel referee in South Africa, the chairman of the Western Province Referees' Society and our expert on primary school laws, answers a reader's question.

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Clip 7 – 11 September 2018 - Law 14

Clip 7 – 11 September 2018 - Law 14

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Clip 6 – 10 September 2018 - Law 20

Clip 6 – 10 September 2018 - Law 20

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Clip 5 – 7 September 2018 - Law 10

Clip 5 – 7 September 2018 - Law 10

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