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At 5pm on Thursday AEST, the SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Lex Mpati, with Adam Casselden and Chris Morris as members, will hear an appeal by videoconference from the Waratahs Sipatolu Latu and Will Skelton.
About 12.22am on Sunday, two SANZAR media release emails, one citing Silatolu Latu and the other Will Skelton, appeared in my Hotmail basket. The emails spell big trouble for the Waratahs.
Stephen Larkham was a great rugby player and is making a decent fist of coaching the Brumbies, but his advocacy of a two-referee system for rugby, similar to that used in the NRL, is perplexing and worrying. And it is wrong.
Despite some inept refereeing and data-tortured TMO decisions, Round 14 of the 2015 Super Rugby tournament produced seven matches of high-quality and dramatic rugby.
The appointment of John Connolly – in a blast from the past – as the mentor of Reds coach Richard Graham seems to have had an immediate impact with the selection of a Reds side to play the Rebels that finally makes some sense.
Richard Graham made the call that the Reds’ second half capitulation to the Crusaders, where they conceded six unanswered tries in the 40 minutes, was “disgraceful”.