Cape Town - Three of South Africa’s leading
referees have renewed their contracts with the South African Rugby Union for a
further four years, the organisation announced on Thursday.
Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper, who
will officiate at the Rugby World Cup in September and October, have signed
contract extensions for a further four years, while Rasta Rasivhenge recently
returned to South Africa from his sabbatical in Australia and has also signed
on until 2019.
Plans to extend the contracts of a
number of other leading referees are currently being examined.
SARU CEO Jurie Roux was delighted
to secure the services of the three match officials for the next few years and
said: “The Referees Department has been working hard to deliver world-class
referees and these efforts are certainly paying off. We are delighted that
these referees have extended their contracts with us and we look forward to
seeing them continue making strides in the international arena.
“Craig and Jaco are experienced
Test referees and they are certainly amongst the best in the business at the
moment, while Rasta has established himself as one of the leading referees on
the Sevens World Series circuit, and he has a bright future ahead of him. The
next step for Rasta will be to make the transition to the 15-man game, where he
has already has first-class local and international experience under the belt.
“Rasta enjoyed his sabbatical in
Australia where he continued to perform on the World Series circuit, and we are
glad to welcome him back to South Africa,” said Roux.
The SARU CEO added that SARU’s
pathway for referees is designed to continue delivering world class match
“SARU has been able to stay at the
forefront of producing outstanding match officials consistently through the
hard work and dedication by a large number of people involved. Our four match
officials who will do duty at the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales serves
as evidence that our systems are producing world-class match officials in the
areas of referees, assistant referees and TMO’s,” explained Roux.
Two of the referees, Peyper and
Rasivhenge will be in action this coming weekend when South Africa’s oldest
provincial rugby competition, the Absa Currie Cup, gets underway.
will officiate the opening Premier Division fixture in Kimberley where Griquas will take on defending champions Western Province. Rasivhenge,
meanwhile, has been appointed as one of the assistant referees in the
Bloemfontein clash between the Free State Cheetahs and the Blue