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...
Paul Cully While the International Rugby Board fiddles around with re-branding, its referees burn us all - coaches, players and supporters.
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.
Lee Gaskin Gungahlin coach Owen Finegan has called for more consistency from referees after a 29-20 loss to Royals.
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...
Matthew Burke Why do we allow inept performances from the whistle-blowers to ruin a game?
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.
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.
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 I remember a training session with the Wallabies in Caloundra in 1998. Wayne Bennett had come along to observe.
Referees must get penalty ratio right in defence and attack to promote attractive rugby and reward adventure
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Wilson The National Rugby Championship has radically changed its point-scoring system.
Georgina Robinson Heaven help the referees and commentators assigned to call the opening match of the National Rugby Championship at Ballymore next Thursday.
Jim Morton Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has thrown All Blacks refereeing complaints back in their faces ahead of Saturday's tense Bledisloe Cup showdown.