Referees

Union

Gungahlin Eagles coach wants more consistency from referees

union

Lee Gaskin Gungahlin coach Owen Finegan has called for more consistency from referees after a 29-20 loss to Royals.

Rugby

Blunder referees kept despite Blues howler

South African officials Stuart Berry and Johan Greeff have been retained for round six Super Rugby games despite being ticked off by SANZAR referees' boss Lyndon Bray for a mistake which cost the...

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Rugby

Super Rugby referees face purge

South African referee Stuart Berry.

Super Rugby governing body SANZAR will conduct a purge of the competition's referees in the wake of a series of controversial blunders by match officials in the opening rounds of the season.

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Rugby

SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

Rugby

Error-prone referees must screen out more mistakes

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Matthew Burke Why do we allow inept performances from the whistle-blowers to ruin a game?

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Let the game flow: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans's message to Lions referees

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01:  Australian Wallabies coach Robbie Deans speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at Allianz Stadium on May 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Darren Walton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has placed the onus squarely on referees to ensure Australia's showpiece series against the British and Irish Lions lives up to the hype with vibrant, free-flowing rugby.

A tale of wrong referees and unfair advantage

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Spiro Zavos TOM Keneally, wordsmith, describes the hype before big matches as the foreplay. Not unexpectedly, the qualifying finals between the Crusaders and Bulls and the Reds and Sharks have generated intense...

Matt Burke

Referees proving to be a major obstruction to innovative plays

Matt Burke

Matt Burke I remember a training session with the Wallabies in Caloundra in 1998. Wayne Bennett had come along to observe.

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Ewen McKenzie

Referees must get penalty ratio right in defence and attack to promote attractive rugby and reward adventure

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Ewen McKenzie When you become the first team to hold the Crusaders tryless in Christchurch since 2000, it is difficult to understand why the statistic did not come with a memorable win.

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Union

What we learned: NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies

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Chris Dutton All the talking points out of the Brumbies' semi-final clash against the NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium.

Rugby

Laurie Fisher's departure may be the costliest for Australian rugby

Paul Cully

Paul Cully For all the talk of players leaving Australian shores, the costliest exit may be Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher, who is bound for Gloucester next year.

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Rugby

Sorry about that Chiefs, but Brumbies too smart not to advance to Waratahs showdown

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Paul Cully The Brumbies are in good position to beat the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday and set up a likely blockbuster against the Waratahs in Sydney the following week.

Women rugby refs taking charge

Amy Perrett will be in action in the Sydney club rugby round.

Jim Morton Rachel Horton - high school science teacher, microbiologist, Muay Thai fighter and fitness fanatic - admits she's a control freak.

Tight Five

Waratahs hit first big hurdle with Dave Dennis injury

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.

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Rugby

SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The SANZAR ruling on Michael Cheika's misconduct is not a case of the punishment fitting the crime; it is a case of a minor misdemeanor, at worst, being trumped up as a crime to fit a determination...

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Tight Five

Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

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Paul Cully It would be no surprise if  Beale is the main beneficiary from Quade Cooper’s injury.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie makes the right moves with a Wallabies squad not afraid to have a crack

Paul Cully A thread of sound logic weaves its way through Ewen McKenzie's first Wallabies squad of the year.

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Union

Confusion on charges for player alleged to have wiped blood on referee and king-hit opponent

No comment: Queanbeyan Whites fourth grade player Adam Res; nose was broken when he was king hit during a rugby game on the weekend.

Chris Dutton ACT Rugby Referees Association president Robert Boyes hopes officials "take a stand for the sake of referees" following a bizarre on-field incident which led to a player allegedly wiping his blood on...

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Rugby

Stephen Moore to lead Wallabies against French

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Georgina Robinson Stephen Moore has emerged as the frontrunner for the Wallabies captaincy just days out from Monday's announcement on the Gold Coast.

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Union

Rugby player banned for more than 50 games after wiping blood on referee, hitting opponent

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Ben Westcott A Canberra rugby union player accused of wiping blood on a referee and king-hitting an opponent has been banned from playing the sport for 56 weeks.

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