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Super RugbyWhistleSANZAR has released the names of the Match Officials for Round 11 of Super Rugby 2014.

Chris Pollock starts the weekend action in the game between the Blues and Waratahs, in Auckland.

This weekend sees 3 games on Friday and 3 games on Saturday.

The Crusaders, Lions and Melbourne Rebels have BYE weekends.

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Michael FitzgeraldChiefsChiefs lock Michael Fitzgerald has been suspended for one week after he pleaded guilty on a charge of dangerous tackling in his team’s 10th round Super Rugby match against the Crusaders.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC accepted a guilty plea from Fitzgerald for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

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Dominic BirdCrusadersCrusaders lock Dominic Bird has been suspended for one week for foul play during his team’s 17-18 tenth round Super Rugby victory over the Chiefs on Saturday.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC accepted a guilty plea from Dominic Bird of the Crusaders for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

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Super RugbySANZAR has released the names of the match officials for Round 10 of Super Rugby 2014.

Nick Bryant starts off proceedings this weekend in the game between the Hurricanes and Blues on Friday at 09:35 SA Time.

This weekend sees 6 games, with 2 games on Friday and 4 games on Saturday.

The Brumbies, Highlanders and Reds have BYE weekends.

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Jurie RouxThe South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday commended the Leopards Rugby Union (LRU) for taking a zero tolerance approach after a recent incident of referee abuse in a club match.

Hennie van den Heever, a coach of the Vaal Reefs Rugby Club’s second team, was suspended for life from all forms of rugby by the LRU following a disciplinary hearing where he was found guilty of transgressing Regulation 20.4 (b) of the International Rugby Board.

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Super RugbyWhistleSANZAR has released the names of the match officials for Round 8 of Super Rugby 2014.

Rohan Hoffmann starts the action this weekend in Dunedin when the Highlanders take on the Vodacom Bulls.

This weekend sees 6 matches, with 2 games on Friday and 4 games on Saturday.

The Blues, Hurricanes and Stormers have BYE WEEKENDS.

Remember that Daylight Savings Time changes occured all over the Globe on Sunday, so the Time difference between South Africa and their Antipodian counterparts increase bu an hour.

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Super RugbyWhistleSANZAR has released the names of the Match Officials for Round 8 of Super Rugby 2014.

Chris Pollock starts the action this weekend in Dunedin when the Highlanders host the Melbourne Rebels.

This weekend sees 7 games, with 2 on Friday and 5 on Saturday.

The Cell C Sharks have a BYE weekend again, their 2nd one.

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Romain PoiteSteve WalshFrancisco PastranaIRBNo, this is no April Fools joke, it is true… the IRB has released the names of the Match Official Appointments for the June International Test window!

Romain Poite (FFR), hated by most South Africans, will referee the match between South Africa and Wales on 14 June 2014 at Growthpoint Kings Park and will be assisted by Steve Walsh (ARU), Francisco Pastrana (UAR) and Vinnie Munro (NZR).

One could be forgiven to believe, despite our assurances, that this MUST SURELY be an April Fools joke, because apart from the run-in with Romain Poite, South Africans have had run-in’s by Steve Walsh too and just recently Francisco Pastrana was taken off the Super Rugby officiating lists till further notice for his abhorrent and totally inept refereeing performance against yet another South African side.

Let’s cut to the chase and just place the Official Appointments list here for you…

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Michael CheikaWaratahsWaratahs coach Michael Cheika may have spat the dummy about refereeing perceptions, but captain Dave Dennis admitted their own lack of discipline cost them.

The table-topping Sharks overcame a determined Waratahs side in a fiery and often spiteful encounter at Kings Park Stadium in Durban at the weekend.

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Richard GrahamRedsReds coach Richard Graham admitted that he felt ‘aggrieved’ at the manner of his team’s 23-20 loss to the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

A late try saw the hosts snatch a dramatic victory from the Reds who finished the match with only 13 players on the field as referee Stuart Berry issued two yellow cards.

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CheetahsFrancisco PastranaThe Cheetahs are demanding an explanation from referees boss Lyndon Bray after two controversial decisions in their 40-30 Super 15 loss to the Blues on Saturday.

The Cheetahs’ outrage comes after Bray, the SANZAR referees co-ordinator warned officials they had to be accountable and faced being dropped for making blunders.

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Alby MathewsonWestern ForceSANZAR duty judicial officer Adam Casselden has accepted a guilty plea from Alby Mathewson of the Force for contravening Law 10.4 (b) Stamping or trampling, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Mathewson has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 30 March 2014.

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WhistleWe have two incidents from Super Rugby in the last two weeks which are worth looking at, both incidents which caused debate and argument and even acrimony.

We are dealing with decisions by top referees in top matches when speed is an essential ingredient, including the speed match officials need to process the information, even when they have help from the replays provided by the TMO.

There is never a rest from debate and argument when it comes to rugby football, certainly not in the application of the most complex set of laws of any sport – a contact sport played by 30 vigorous young men in physical contact in a confined space.

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Super RugbySANZAR has released the names of the match officials for Round 6 of Super Rugby 2014.

Nick Briant takes care of the 1st match in Dunedin where the Highlanders host the Hurricanes.

7 Matches are played this weekend, 2 on Friday and 5 on Saturday.

The Crusaders have their bye weekend.

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Ben McCalmanWestern ForceWallabies backrower Ben McCalman’s birthday celebrations were soured on Tuesday when he received a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle in the Super Rugby competition.

The inspirational Western Force No 8 was cited for a spear, or ‘tip’, tackle on Otago Highlanders prop Kame Hames in the 73rd minute of his team’s 31-29 victory in Dunedin on Saturday.

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