Cape Town - South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge, one of the most experienced match officials in the HSBC Sevens World Series, will be based in Australia for the foreseeable future as he has opted to take a sabbatical from the local game.
Rasivhenge, who refereed the final of the Gold Coast Sevens on Sunday, made this decision for personal reasons as he’s getting married soon. He will continue to referee on the HSBC Sevens World Series.
“Rasta informed me of his plans recently and he goes with our blessing, as we believe he will further expand his refereeing horizons and will hopefully return a better and more experienced match official in due course,” said André Watson, General Manager of Referees at the South African Rugby Union.
“We will miss his bubbly personality that he takes onto the field, even in heated situations. He will continue to referee on the Sevens circuit. At this stage, the plan is that he will return to South Africa at the conclusion of the current Sevens World Series.”