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Rugby offical in training Jacob Carlson blows his whistle to simulate a kick-off with other officials in training during an all-day course Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Whitman College.

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WALLA WALLA — On a Whitman College field still moist from the Saturday morning mist, eight men readied themselves to make the switch from player to official for what some say is probably the toughest organized team sport.


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