Cape Town - Former players Monty Dumond, Egon Seconds, Jacques
Nieuwenhuis and Mpho Matsaung will take to the field as referees in the
Coca-Cola Academy Week at the Isak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijlpark from July 6-9.
Dumond played provincial rugby for the Sharks, Eastern
Province, Griquas and Boland, while Seconds represented Western Province and
Griquas; Matsaung and Nieuwenhuis played for the Valke. Nieuwenhuis also played
international rugby for Namibia, which included appearances at the 2007 and
2011 Rugby World Cups in France and New Zealand.
Dumond and Nieuwenhuis also made their mark in the Cell C
Community Cup, where Dumond represented GAP Management Despatch up until this
year’s Easter Playoffs in Rustenburg, while Nieuwenhuis played for GS Metals
Brakpan last season.
SARU CEO Jurie Roux said he was pleased to see the drive to
convert former professional players into referees was paying dividends. He
added that he hoped more players would follow in their footsteps in
“It is fantastic to see well-known players begin take up
the whistle,” said Roux. “It not only shows their passion for the game, but it
also allows them to transfer their expertise and experience as players into
refereeing, and this will be beneficial for the sport.
“We are lucky enough to have some of the world’s best
referees in South Africa’s refereeing structures and there is no doubt this
will continue if former players join the ranks. Refereeing offers the option of
a new career as our top referees are contracted.
“I wish them all the best as they attempt the next step in
their rugby journeys.”Nieuwenhuis
will take charge of the clash between the Lions and Western Province on the
opening day’s play on July 6, while Seconds will officiate the match between
the Blouvalke and Nambia, Matsaung the match between Border CD and the
Leopards, and Dumond the encounter between Griquas and Pumas CD.