Joubert to ref RWC final

2011-10-17 06:47

Auckland - South Africa's Craig Joubert will referee the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and France, the International Rugby Board (IRB) announced on Monday.

The showpiece match, which takes place at Auckland's Eden Park on Sunday, October 23, will be Joubert's first time in charge of a World Cup final.

Joubert was unobtrusive while overseeing New Zealand's 20-6 semi-final win over Australia on Sunday.

But the spotlight was very much on Alain Rolland after the Irishman, the 2007 World Cup final referee, sent off Wales captain Sam Warburton for a dangerous 'tip tackle' during France's 9-8 win in Saturday's first semi-final - a decision IRB referees' chief Paddy O'Brien later insisted was "absolutely correct in law".

Rolland will be one of the touch judges for this year's final, along with Welsh referee Nigel Owens. Rolland is also the reserve referee.

"It is an enormous honour to get the final and I would like to thank Paddy and the (selection) committee for giving me the opportunity," Joubert said in an IRB statement issued Monday.

"I am now really looking forward to getting out there and enjoying the occasion," added Joubert, only the second South African to take charge of the tournament climax following two-time World Cup final referee Andre Watson.

New Zealand coach Graham Henry, speaking later Monday, called Joubert a "very good referee".

"He relates well to the players, he's cool, communicates well, has lots of composure," Henry said.

"He's one of the top referees in the world over the last three or four years," the All Blacks boss added.

"The players enjoy playing with him."

England's Wayne Barnes will referee Friday's third place playoff between Australia and Wales at Eden Park.

"The IRB match official selection committee was delighted with Craig and Alain's performances in the semi-finals," O'Brien said Monday.

"On behalf of the committee and all of the team I would like to congratulate Craig, Wayne and all the guys on their selection, which is entirely on merit," added the New Zealander, himself a former Test referee.


  • goyougoodthing - 2011-10-17 07:14

    Well done Craig, well deserved.

      Fakmore - 2011-10-17 09:38

      What do you call a South African in the Rugby World Cup Final - ANSWER: Referee. Craig Joubert, Rugby Word Champion, Springbok Style!!!!!

      Gungets - 2011-10-17 10:43

      Fakmore - we call them "Defending Champions" till Saturday. Happy with that.

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-17 11:04

      @ NeverFaked, what do you call a NZer in the final ?...ANSWER...a farce !

      Joubert - 2011-10-17 11:04

      Now it will be a pleasure watching the ref and the two teams playing is a minor. The IRB must take note, SA is always in the WC final, they cant get along without us. Craig, just make us proud.

      Fakmore - 2011-10-17 11:06

      Gungets, hold your breath till Sunday then and let us know if The Springboks have been successful in defending a chanpionship they luckily won in 2007 after avoiding the form teams due to freak results. Gungets....Springboks will be crowned World Chamions again on Sunday....lets go party on Sunday, boykie!

      Jeremy - 2011-10-17 12:05

      Really Fakmore? You're going to state that SA won 2007 "luckily" after avoiding the form teams? You do realise that NZ has "luckily" avoided playing SA due to a NZ referee handing the Aussies the win. Grow up, when NZ supporters can stop crying about 2007 then maybe SA supporter will consider stop moaning about Bryce Lawrence.

      Fakmore - 2011-10-17 15:32

      Jeremy, keep sure is sweet Music to my ears...

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2011-10-17 07:22

    That's interesting, out of our five World Cup appearances, we have either won the tournament in the final (twice) or had one of our referees handle it (three times).

  • Louissventer - 2011-10-17 07:31

    Refereeing performance of the Tournament. They should introduce such an award at the RWC and give the players the vote.

      Peet - 2011-10-17 08:23

      My thoughts exactly. Well done to Mr Joubert.

      louis.langenhoven - 2011-10-17 09:04

      write a letter to IRB with this suggestion...they are too clumsy to think of it themselves...and will most prob reject it - but a wonderfull suggestion anyway...I think the guy in the final is the person at this time????

      CapeChappy - 2011-10-17 09:19

      I would say being awarded the final is such recognition and (presumably) they are compensated accordingly. Well done CJ, a great ref and a allround nice guy.

  • Werner - 2011-10-17 07:41

    Go you good thing, show them how its done!

  • clivegoss - 2011-10-17 07:46

    Graig you have earned it. Well reffed game, to the book, no favourates, no backchat. Enjoyed the way you asked the skipper to go away. That is composure

  • Devout - 2011-10-17 07:52

    Well done indeed. Great refereeing on Sunday. Show the world what a impartial ref that knows the rules is about.

  • george.viljoen - 2011-10-17 07:56

    Congratulations Craig.

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  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-17 08:02

    Well done Craig, for once Paddy has made the right decision, maybe Paddy is trying to make up for breaking the IRB rules when he appointed Bryce Lawrence to ref the SA vs Aus game.

      Brett - 2011-10-17 08:59

      After a week of ranting, I must say yesterday did restore some of my lost faith in the IRB. I know one sallow doesn't make a summer, but what we have all learned over this last week is, we should protest before a game is played about who will ref or better still, the refs should be disclosed when the pools are announced. Well done Craig. With all the focus on refs this last week, you did show the world how it should be done.

  • Johan - 2011-10-17 08:03

    agree, ....well done Graig...!!

      Peter - 2011-10-17 10:30


  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-17 08:08

    South African presence is always felt in a rugby world cup final. Whether it is a great team or a referee. That tells you something about us.

  • Norma - 2011-10-17 08:20

    Craig has done us proud. What a pleasure it was watching him in action yesterday.

  • Peter - 2011-10-17 08:34

    I think even if SA made the final and the opposing team was given any choice of ref it would be Joubert or Kaplan even though they are from SA. Two best refs in the world right now.

  • Jay - 2011-10-17 08:43

    Well Done Craig, Make SA Proud. Now please also keep a watchful eye on Ritchie McCaw for his "borderline transgressions" of the Laws. The World will be watching.

  • Dan - 2011-10-17 08:50

    The Boks therefore did make the final and this time round we are the most important member of the final. Looking back at the dismally poor performance of the refs at the 2011 RWC, I have to take my hat off to Joubert. This weekend's application of the laws just showed again how little influence Pocock would have had in the AUS/BOK game. The way the ref handled the SA/Aus game raises verious concerns relating to fair play - "match fixing" in cricket might just be part of rugby as well. Where there is big money at stake, corruption and cheating will always find a way.

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-17 09:28

    Well done Craig Joubert you deserve it!

  • Andrew - 2011-10-17 09:43

    As an ex South African and now an English supporter I would like to ask all of you South Africans a question. I know Pocock is a thorn in your flesh and will be for many years to come, but if his family when they left Zimbabwe, chose to settle in South Africa and not Australia, would he have been playing for the Boks today? The mans hard work during a game is impressive, tricks aside. It is alarming how many brilliant South Africans leave your country and are playing for other nations. If you guys don't start getting rid of the politics, and not only racial issues, but also politics within the selectors circles, the future of your rugby looks bleak. Something is wrong when a man like Bismarck Du Plessis sits on the bench while John Smit clearly has decided that one World Cup glory wasn't enough, and he wants more. Not more for the country, but for himself. I am now wondering how many other talented young players you will loose, thinking it would be better to take their skills elsewhere because it is too difficult to get a break with all the obsticles that they will encounter? Think about this because if you could have stood up as one man against Paddy O'Brian this last week, isn't it time you guys start at home and start making noises about what is going on in your own rugby circles?

      Brett - 2011-10-17 10:09

      Pocock maybe isn't a good example because it would be stupid trading one racially biased situation for another Affirmative situation, but rumour has it Jake White has spoken to the Du Plessis brothers, one of which is a doctor, to go settle in OZ. So yes, you are right. We have some serious house cleaning to do.

      rondee.scherman - 2011-10-17 10:49

      Andrew, for somebody who grew up in SA and now support the English your lack of judgement and poor taste does not warrant any comment. Maybe you should worry about your teams behavior and bad World Cup first.

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-17 10:57

      @ andrew, as an ex-south african, its amazing how glibly you say "your country" as if you were never born here, or educated here for that matter, paying tax for universities to train doctors, only for them to emigrate & then act like they have never been here kind of irritates me a little. Anyway, you can have your England, been there done that, much prefer Cape Town thanks.

      Wilbur - 2011-10-17 11:37

      So what you're saying is that you couldn't cut it in democratic South Africa, and you even changed teams? A Bok is a Bok for life, anywhere on the planet, pal. While you make some good points, your integrity is negated by your track record of leaving your birth country for (probably) ancestral heritage.

      Andrew - 2011-10-17 12:38

      @theprodigy. You seem to have tested the other waters yourself, and depending what line of business you are in, you would know that South Africa holds no future for the medical profession. So unless you are on some ANC gravy train, lazing your days away on Clifton beach, I wouldn't want to trade places with you. @Wilbur. You can hardly use democratic and South Africa in one sentence. I don't agree with once a Bok always a Bok. If you have made the choice to start a new beginning in a another country, and that country has opened the doors for your career to flourish, it would be bad manners to not support everything about your new country, including its sport teams. What message would I be sending to my two sons if I support another country in which they were not born? So it isn't as black and white as you paint it.

  • markwmilligan - 2011-10-17 09:52

    Well done Craig.

  • dee.deon - 2011-10-17 09:53

    If Everyone could only ref a game like you do Craig!!!!! If only... Congrats and good luck!!!! What an Honour!!!!! AND WHAT a BOYTJIE!!!!

  • Luke300 - 2011-10-17 10:11

    Deserving. Can't wait for the Ozzies to get a hiding from Wales

  • Robs - 2011-10-17 11:32

    He did some excellent work in the match on Sunday but the All Blacks will have to play extra hard. That blue jerseys of the French will help them a lot. Graig Joubert has a bit of an eye problem. The news readers on tv used to have a blue background. The news item was pasted on the blue and you would see the news item and not the blue background. So Graig will see the All Black hand but not the blue Froggie.

  • Nathi - 2011-10-17 11:34

    At least there will be one South African who gets a World Cup Medal.

  • avmtwa - 2011-10-17 11:41

    Now this our Moment .. Craig make Newziland Loose man, please dont worry abt your Job "ANC" will pay you for the rest of your life ..... please i Beg you. : from Malema minded ass hole

  • johan.d.plessis - 2011-10-17 11:49

    When Craig ref NZ vs Aus on Sunday and applied the rules properly - Pocock was not 1/2 the man (thieve) he was against the Bokke and had virtually no influence on the games outcome. Just shows you what the (wrong) ref can achieve.

      Yar - 2011-10-17 12:56

      Hope he blows up that other thief as well - McCaw.

      Marcel - 2011-10-17 13:20

      Ten minste het ons 'n verskoning, Hulle het met 14 verloor met 'n fair ref, ons met 'n punt teen 'n unfair ref! Eales ek is bevrees ons het ons bes probeer teen omstadighede en ek weet ons is al land wat NZ se tande kan trek, iemand het dit vroeër gesê ek dink ook dit gaan 'n leë oorwinning wees teen die Franse

  • Dougal - 2011-10-17 15:52

    Hasn't anyone cottoned on to the plan ? The NZ ref (Bryce Lawrence) knew that he would stir up a hornet's nest in the SA v Aus game by letting Pocock get away with murder. He also knew that this would cause the ref (Craig Joubert) to watch Pocock very carefully in the NZ v Aus game. Result - Pocock gets away with nothing & NZ has cancelled out one of their main threats (not that they really needed to). Anyone else for a conspiracy theory ?

  • Annerie - 2011-10-17 16:13

    We've made it to the final after all.........!

  • Nikunj - 2011-10-17 16:37

    You see this is a good ref but were was he in the South African match those people did not play a fair game that way they lost to the all blacks he is the best man for the job good on you Craig Joubert

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