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The Game

The Game provides regular analysis, information, education and tips about the game we all love.

As we move through the Super Rugby season,there will be opinion pieces on the shape of the game, video clips of incidents with information about the decision made, and statistics to demonstrate what is happening in the game around scrum, tackle and other areas of interest.  We will have interviews with key players, coaches and referees, sharing their views on the game and what is happening within rugby.

We will be measuring the speed of the ball delivery at the tackle, the completion rate at scrum time, how many minutes the ball is in play, how many penalty kicks are awarded and so much more!

Keep in touch with that is happening with our game, and check back with us weekly for reviews of action by the round!

Expert Concussion Group Endorses Rugby Approach

Independent neurologists, Rugby medics and the players Union have given their unanimous backing to the IRB’s Pitch-side Suspected Concussion Assessment (PSCA) protocol, recommending continuation of the current global trial in elite Rugby.  The concussion management working group unanimously agreed that the trial should be extended for another 12 months as it is working, benefiting the Game and mitigating the risk of mismanagement of concussion in Rugby.

IRB continues commitment to PSCA protocols and player safety

The International Rugby Board and its Member Unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensure best-practice concussion management procedure delivery by undertaking a full review of the first year of the application of the Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment (PSCA) protocols to further enhance the delivery of the important player welfare tool.

Former All Black Justin Marshall puts the life of a referee into perspective

Former All Blacks halfback Justin Marshall, now commentating with Sky Sports New Zealand and a regular contributor to Fairfax Media, has said that Super Rugby referees, and the game's whistleblowers in general, need to be cut a bit of slack, writing in his weekly column for stuff.co.nz

Super Rugby game measures and referee statistics update – THE TACKLE with Lyndon Bray

Super Rugby game measures and referee statistics update – THE TACKLE with Lyndon Bray

We bring you the second of a four part series focusing on specific game measures for Super Rugby, that is, how scrums, tackles, work on areas and the referee team have been tracking so far in 2013 Super Rugby, today we bring you the tackle area.

Super Rugby game measures and referee statistics update – THE SCRUM with Lyndon Bray

Super Rugby game measures and referee statistics update – THE SCRUM with Lyndon Bray

We bring you the first of a four part series focusing on specific game measures for Super Rugby, that is, how scrums, tackles, work on areas and the referee team have been tracking so far in 2013 Super Rugby, today we bring you the scrum.

IRB confirm global trial for new scrum calls

The International Rugby Board Council has announced the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence, which is aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagement by up to 25 per cent in elite competition.

Lyndon Bray talks about rising scrum numbers for Super Rugby

SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray talked with the Dominion Post about some interesting statistics regarding the scrums.

Lyndon Bray talks about the TMO trial, scrums, and a player and referee colliding

Lyndon Bray talks about the TMO trial, scrums, and a player and referee colliding

The 2013 Super Rugby season is now well underway, and SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray has been happy with how the new trial with the Television Match Official has begun, while noting that among the 'BIG THREE' Game Measures (agreed by SANZAR, the referees, coaches and teams), first scrum hit completion is at record levels.

Referee Jonathan Kaplan to retire at end of 2013

Referee Jonathan Kaplan to retire at end of 2013

Record-breaking South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire from professional refereeing at the end of the 2013 South African season.

The white card - Lyndon Bray assesses its effect during the 2013 Super Rugby season

The white card - Lyndon Bray assesses its effect during the 2013 Super Rugby season

The 2012 Super Rugby season saw the introduction of a white card, a lesser penalty card than the yellow and red, which the referee can use to flag an incident for review by the Citing Commissioner post match.

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