Trial Laws For New Zealand’s Mitre10 Cup

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New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship, now branded the Mitre10 Cup. Fans will expect the same quality rugby, as the former ‘ITM Cup’ kicks off this week. But the game on the field will look a little different to what we’ve seen in Super Rugby, as the competition puts in play a set of trial laws this […] READ MORE


Blue Card Enters Wellington Rugby Referee's Pocket

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Along with the usual yellow and red cards carried in all games of rugby, referees who control matches for the Wellington Rugby Football Union this season have begun to carry a third card – a blue one – out onto the field with them. However, the blue card is not to sanction infringements or for foul play, […] READ MORE


Blue Card Enters Wellington Rugby Referee’s Pocket

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Along with the usual yellow and red cards carried in all games of rugby, referees who control matches for the Wellington Rugby Football Union this season have begun to carry a third card – a blue one – out onto the field with them. However, the blue card is not to sanction infringements or for foul play, […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Round Nine: Latest Talking Points

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There were two big talking points to come out of the round nine Super Rugby matches in New Zealand. Firstly, the red card to the Highlanders Jason Emery, and secondly the ordering of ‘uncontested scrums’ at the conclusion of the Hurricanes vs Chiefs local derby match. Last Word On Sports’ resident referee contributor Scott MacLean […] READ MORE




Law Changes to Impact On Rugby Across All Borders

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As is common in the post-World Cup period, World Rugby has made a number of law amendments that will impact on Rugby across all borders of the game. A number of minor law amendments approved and announced in September will come into effect in the southern hemisphere on 1 January and 1 July in the northern […] READ MORE



Melville Triumph at New Zealand Club Sevens Championship

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Waikato side Melville claimed the spoils at the 2016 New Zealand Club Sevens Championship over the long weekend, beating Wellington side the Upper Hutt Rams 34-24 to claim the Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup. By claiming the title, the club win the right to host the event in 2017 which was a great reward at the […] READ MORE