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Thorb’s is a former All Black selector, New Zealand Sevens coach and most recently head coach of the USA Eagles during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He is a highly respected international coach and has been involved with the IRB coach and referee groups shaping and refining the laws of the game.

Peter Thorburn's latest articles

Wonderful Weekend of Rugby has all up and running again

Peter Thorburn takes an analytical look at the brilliant round one action from the Heinken Cup and wonders if we need to take steps to ensure a fair contest for the ball at the breakdown

Thorb's Referee Rankings: Finals

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. Finals week and the last of his assessments, looking at Barnes performance in the Bronze Medal Play-Offs and Joubert in the epic Final between New Zealand and France.

Thorb's Referee Rankings: Semifinals

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. This week he looks at Rolland’s performance in Wales v France (including that red card) and Joubert’s in New Zealand v Australia.

Thorb's Referee Rankings: Quarter Finals

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. Were now at the business end of the tournament and some of the referees are having a marked impact on the matches they are officiating.

Thorb's Referee Rankings #4

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. Week four and final week of pool play sees Kaplan remain top and Pearson remain at the bottom of the leaderboard. Will be interesting to see who is selected to referee the quarters.

Thorb's Referee Rankings #3

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. Week three of the Cup Kaplan stays on top of the leaderboard based on his performances last week, but Thorb’s thinks that Barnes is snipping at his heels.

Thorb's Referee Rankings #2

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during the Rugby World Cup. Second week in and Kaplan’s two excellent performances in Tonga v Canada and England v Georgia has toppled Owens and Lawrence on the leaderboard.

Thorb's Referee Rankings

Peter Thorborn’s weekly ranking of referee performance during The Rugby World Cup. This week Owens and Lawrence share the leader board with 7/10 a piece.