Referees

Put away the gun - referees' calls were correct

Spiro Zavos A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken...

Rugby

Too many Tests decided by referees' blunders

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Paul Cully While the International Rugby Board fiddles around with re-branding, its referees burn us all - coaches, players and supporters.

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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.

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

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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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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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

ACT Brumbies to tap New York Giants and Eli Manning for secrets to Super Rugby success

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies hope to learn the winning secrets of four-time Super Bowl champions the New York Giants as they seek to break an 11-year Super Rugby title drought.

Refs must play by the rules, but let the play rule the refs

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Matthew Burke With the recent pedantic display of refereeing, it pains me to say that the World Cup could turn into a game of whistle-blowing, ruining the experience for the spectators and more importantly the...

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How can we put Sydney schoolboy rugby to rights?

Josh Dowse If we don't try something, rugby may become the equivalent of Eton's wall game – played by a self-declared elite few and watched by fewer.

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Springboks refuse to hang loss to Wallabies on Bryan Habana's controversial yellow card

Bryan Habana

Georgina Robinson The Springboks will seek "clarity" around Bryan Habana's controversial sin-binning but have refused to blame match officials for their one-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

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Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna investigated after flooring referee Glen Jackson

Ben Tameifuna

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna is in the firing line after shoving referee Glen Jackson to the ground during the latest round of New Zealand's national provincial rugby competition.

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Strettle's treble helps Saracens stun Wasps

Saracens kicked off their Premiership campaign in controversial fashion as David Strettle's hat-trick sealed a dramatic 34-28 victory over Wasps at Twickenham on Saturday.

Uniion

Canberra Vikings may be missing attacking trio for start of National Rugby Championship

An NRC match ball.

Chris Wilson The National Rugby Championship has radically changed its point-scoring system.

National Rugby Championship teams refuse to budge on clashing kit colours

NRC trophy

Georgina Robinson Heaven help the referees and commentators assigned to call the opening match of the National Rugby Championship at Ballymore next Thursday. 

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Ewen McKenzie hits out at ref complaints by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

Jim Morton Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has thrown All Blacks refereeing complaints back in their faces ahead of Saturday's tense Bledisloe Cup showdown.