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French referees are different to Anglophone ones – as Bernard Foley discovered to his, and Australia's cost

Gavin Mortimer
Gavin Mortimer
22 Sep, 8:09

While New Zealand eventually beat heavily-weakened Wales by a near record-breaking margin, Wayne Pivac’s team stayed in the cont…

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
31 Oct, 3:45

English rugby referees’ chief Tony Spreadbury is to join European Professional Club Rugby as head of match officials.

14 Oct, 8:00

A teenage Fijian backrow is facing into a possible life ban and criminal charges for brutally punching a referee - breaking his no…

Online Editors
30 Aug, 4:35

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many involved in rugby have had the chance to try their hand at something else and the vet…

Josh Raisey
01 Apr, 10:37

There was brief consternation in a ProD2 match last weekend when a score in the corner created from a kick off the kicking tee was…

Josh Raisey
11 Dec, 10:37

It's not easy being on the whistle in the modern era, not only because there are so many camera angles highlighting bad decisions …

Online Editors
07 Dec, 5:03

The World Cup may have only just finished but preparations are well underway for next year's 2020 Six Nations with World Rugby ann…

Online Editors
04 Dec, 10:39

A South Otago rugby player has been banned from playing the sport in New Zealand after punching a referee.

Online Editors
16 Nov, 4:26

All the focus is currently on the fall-out from the Jaco Peyper fan picture, but Nigel Owens' effort in the New Zealand-Ireland ma…

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
22 Oct, 9:40

Referee Jaco Peyper landed himself in trouble with World Rugby for a playful gesture in a picture taken with some Wales fans follo…

Josh Raisey
22 Oct, 8:04

Referees have been under the microscope at the World Cup for their early-round inconsistencies, but the organisers believe they ha…

Online Editors
15 Oct, 5:00