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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 2019, 10:40

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 2019, 9:04

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 2019, 6:00

Steve Hansen hasn't taken kindly to what Rassie Erasmus alleged about how New Zealand have traditionally been handled by referees …

Josh Raisey
19 Sep 2019, 11:48

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper insists red cards are a necessary price to pay to protect players even if they risk bligh…

Online Editors
09 Sep 2019, 10:40

Scott Barrett's red card sparked heated debate over whether it warranted a sending-off, leading to World Rugby highlighting its de…

Josh Raisey
14 Aug 2019, 8:13

Soon to hang up his whistle after 26 years on the beat, Jerome Garces cites the bizarre 2015 Six Nations Cardiff tunnel stand-off …

Online Editors
14 Jun 2019, 11:14

While the standard of officiating in South Africa is doing little to improve the perception of bias, SANZAAR could eliminate this …

Online Editors
18 May 2019, 20:49

French refereeing can often be hugely criticised by supporters, but their laissez-faire style remains popular with World Rugby as …

Online Editors
07 May 2019, 5:42

Accused of behaving like football hooligans when their defeat to Clermont ended nastily, Agen have finally been punished with a fi…

Online Editors
04 Apr 2019, 6:11

The referee appointments for the high-profile Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals were announced today (Wednesday, 11 Apri…

Online Editors
11 Apr 2018, 6:12

The Spanish rugby journey to the cusp of World Cup qualification was close to being the story of European test rugby - second only…

Neil Best
Neil Best
25 Mar 2018, 5:46
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