Gungahlin Eagles coach wants more consistency from referees


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


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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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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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.


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...

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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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Just the ticket: why rugby union needs to keep an eye on the clock

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Malcolm Knox For every rugby aficionado who will be going to Homebush to watch the Bledisloe Cup match, there are hundreds who will prefer to watch from home.

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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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Tuggeranong Vikings twins causing double trouble


Brent Ford Put them in headgear and identical twins Dean and Michael Oakman-Hunt even have their coach seeing double.

Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos

Brookvale Oval, Friday 7.45pm (AEST)

Five reasons the Waratahs will win the Super Rugby grand final

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Georgina Robinson The key players who can deliver the Waratahs a maiden Super Rugby title?


What we learned: NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies


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

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.


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.


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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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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