Category Archives: Refereeing

Down the Blind Side, episode 10


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Captain Marvel free at last


  For the second time on this tour Wallaby captain James Horwill has been the fulcrum of a significant momentum shift towards his team. The first was after the Brisbane Test, when in the space of 24 hours it emerged … Continue reading

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Gatland gambles in high stakes game


When Wales beat Ireland in Croke Park in 2008 en route to their first Grand Slam under Warren Gatland, they did it despite not having won in Dublin in eight years, and survived having two players put in the bin. … Continue reading

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Flawed system allows O’Connell to walk


I began to fear the worst on the Dave Kearney concussion incident when someone with much better technology than me made reference yesterday to Paul O’Connell’s shin. Not that he was hugely relieved that the tibia was still in one … Continue reading

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Healy lumbered with extra helpings


Question: when is a three week ban not a three week ban? Answer: Eh, when it includes a week where the guilty party is not likely to be active. In which case it becomes, effectively, a four week ban. And … Continue reading

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Healy not looking at lengthy sentence


One thing we’ve learned from ugly optics on the rugby field is that what you see is not always what you get. So the seemingly awful stamp of Cian Healy on the ankle of Dan Cole was actually not as … Continue reading

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Paddy O’Brien shifts sideways


  The IRB will soon be advertising for a new referees manager as Paddy O’Brien is shifting sideways onto the Sevens circuit. The decision will be confirmed on Monday. This will be presented by the IRB as O’Brien’s decision, and … Continue reading

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