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Sevens Series Referees for 2019

There are changes to the referees appointed to the two Sevens Series in 2018-19, especially to the Women's Panel.

By Paul Dobson, Moonsport

Altogether, 25 referees have been named - 12 for the 10 Men's tournaments, 13 for the six Women's tournaments.

The first men's tournament is in Dubai, starting on 30 November 2018, and the last in Paris on the first weekend of June 2019.

The first Women's tournament is in Glenvale, Colorado on 20 October 2018, the last in Paris on the first weekend in June 2019.

Men's Panel

Three referees who were on the last tournament are not on the new panel - Mike O'Brien (USA), Nori Hashimoto (Japan) and Te...

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Rasta´s Journey

It is better to travel well than to arrive, it has been said. Referee Rasta Rasivhenge of South Africa will dispute that when he rushed from Durban to San Francisco, from a Supe...

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Sevens Series Referees for 2019

There are changes to the referees appointed to the two Sevens Series in 2018-19, especially to the Women's Panel. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 12 August 2018

Interestingly, the two matches involving New Zealand national teams, the All Blacks and the Black Ferns, each have two referees. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Law Discussion: Manufacturing a penalty

This really is for debate as in both these cases, the player penalised is trying to do the right thing - get out of the way. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport....

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Referees to 5 August 2018

The year rushes by and Super Rugby comes to an end with a final in Christchurch between the two teams that played in the 2017 final in Johannesburg....

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Rasta´s Journey

Rasta´s Journey

It is better to travel well than to arrive, it has been said. Referee Rasta Rasivhenge of South Africa will dispute that when he rushed from Durban to San Francisco, from a Super Rugby decider to Sevens World Cup, with all that sitting and having your circadian rhythms mangled. It is an interesting story, which may come as a surprise who believe that referees always trot out onto a field, cool, calm and healthy. But let Rasta speak.

Sevens Series Referees for 2019

Sevens Series Referees for 2019

There are changes to the referees appointed to the two Sevens Series in 2018-19, especially to the Women's Panel. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Referees to 12 August 2018

Referees to 12 August 2018

Interestingly, the two matches involving New Zealand national teams, the All Blacks and the Black Ferns, each have two referees. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

Ref Replies

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.

Law Videos

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Clip 1 - 6 August 2018 - Law 13

Clip 1 - 6 August 2018 - Law 13

The Waratahs are having a good bash at the Lions' goal line, but the Lions win a turnover and Andries Coetzee of the Lions kicks the ball a long way into Waratah territory. The ba...

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Clip 2 - 2 August 2018 - Law 17

Clip 2 - 2 August 2018 - Law 17

There is nothing wrong with anything done in this activity, just some additional information. The Lions are attacking but when that breaks down the referee reverts to a penalty agains...

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Clip 3 - 31 July 2018 - Law 8

Clip 3 - 31 July 2018 - Law 8

Malcolm Marx of the Lions scored a try and his flyhalf, Elton Jantjies, is to take the conversion. Jantjies goes back to his starting position, hands joined in front of him. He moves...

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