Freek Burger to assist Dutch
Cape Town - Former top South African referee, Freek Burger, will assist the Netherlands' rugby team ahead of two international matches next month against Germany and the Czech Republic.
Burger coached at the The Hague Rugby Club in 1997 and 1998. "I remained in contact since then and will depart on Monday to help out with the national team. I have about 20 visiting stops - where I will take charge of the country's referees," Burger told Die Burger newspaper.
Burger feels the Dutch national team is strong enough to compete in Western Province's Super League A club competition. However, according to Burger, their standard of refereeing is not up to scratch.
"Unlike with us (here in South Africa), they don't play schools rugby, but at clubs. Several foreigners are lured there to make the sport stronger, but it remains tough to recruit and motivate referees. And they definitely blow poorly," said Burger.
The Dutch national rugby team is currently ranked 42 on the International Rugby Board's world rankings.
And Burger wants to utilise SARU's accredited learning material as well as the BokSmart National Rugby Safety Programme to help the players and the referees.
He will also stop over in Belgium and Germany, where he will lend a helping hand to their players and referees.