Joubert's mom jets off to NZ

2011-10-19 15:23

Gabisile Ngcobo

Durban - Craig Joubert’s mother, Lynne, has jetted off to New Zealand to watch her son referee Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final.

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“He told me around 02:30 on Monday before it even broke to the media. He then said he wanted to bring me to New Zealand,” an excited Lynne told The Witness from King Shaka International Airport on Tuesday.

The St John’s Diocesan School for Girls teacher boarded a 14:00 flight on Tuesday immediately after her lessons.

She joked that when her son was still a boy she would to take him to all the matches, but with this fully paid trip “he’s now paying me back with interest”.

Joubert’s father, a popular Pietermaritzburg school teacher and rugby referee, Des, died while Joubert was in his matric year.

“Craig started refereeing at a young age. His father was such a great influence in his life.

“They did a lot together. He was his mentor and coach and when he lost him I wasn’t sure he was going to continue,” Lynne added.

But he did and today he is recognised as one of the world’s best rugby referees.

“He was very positive and continued with rugby,” she said.

Lynne said she is looking forward to her trip and proud of her son.

She thanked the school for letting her go to the World Cup at such short notice.

“I’m not really a rugby fan but I’m surely Craig’s fan,” she said laughing.

The Witness

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-10-19 15:34

    Geeze, I hope you're not going to be giving us updates on everyone on their way to New Zealand to watch the final

      SiLawless - 2011-10-19 16:08

      If you don't care about the article, why read it and take the time to comment?

      Brett - 2011-10-19 16:11

      What a negative remark to make! I hope you are not a South African because we are all proud of this man and him flying his mother over just shows how grounded he is and how strong his character is. I can imagine how badly he would have wanted his father there as well. Go Craig!!!!!!!! Show the world what we are made of!

      Gershwin - 2011-10-19 16:26

      why does people always get so serious on News24?

      nasheenar - 2011-10-19 16:28

      Whats your story man ??????????

      Robby - 2011-10-19 16:51

      Go Mama Joubert Go!!!!!! Tell your son he is South Africa's biggest star.

      Rob - 2011-10-19 17:19

      @Inhalanzi: Don't behave like a big chop

      Rob - 2011-10-19 17:22

      @Inhlanzi: Sorry correction a small insignificant chop.

      Dirk - 2011-10-19 17:59

      Its a cultural thing. This is why Africa is the beggar and the First world, are the donars

      Mike - 2011-10-19 18:06

      You are demonstrating your stupidity to all who read your post!

      Vusi - 2011-10-19 22:41

      @Inhlanzi. What a lame remark. @Craig Joubert. I am proud of you Sir and proud that I can call you a fellow South African.

      roboman1 - 2011-10-20 07:45

      I was just thinking how nice it was to read a feelgood story for a change, I love this article

      miyo27 - 2011-10-20 09:55

      @Inhlanzi - go comment on a bafail bafail story instead. maybe you can update everyone when the soccer team stops embarrassing the country and manages to qualify for the qualifying rounds..loser

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  • Deon - 2011-10-19 15:55

    He is a good role model for SA.

  • Chris - 2011-10-19 16:10

    Well done Craig! I think you are the best ref in the world! At least with you flying our flag, SA is still represented in RWC2011! Good luck and to hell with Justin 'smart arse' Marshall!!

      phangolicious - 2011-10-19 16:48

      We were robbed !! IRB is a mafioso anyway ................. they're trying to calm us down by allowing Craig To Ref ............ well they must think again, we won't stop until we get A-list referees for all our games ......... we don't mind losing with dignity, & not robbery ..........

      Thomas - 2011-10-19 20:48

      Well said "phangolicious" The ones who say get over it are usually the ones who benefit from the refs decisions!! This WC must be the biggest letdown of all!! What would have been the odds on the team that lost twice in the weakest pool and laughing stock of the tournament gets to the final!!!!!! Go and enjoy the expeirence Lynne, pity you have to rub shoulders with the likes of Paddy O Stupid and Lawrence, they may be seniors to Craig but they are not in his league!!!!!!!!

  • nasheenar - 2011-10-19 16:30

    How awsome his mom must be so proud of her son !

  • sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-19 16:32

    Good on ya Craig, he's definately cheaper than BL, it's a win win situation.......ka ching

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-19 23:38

      He prefer gold not sheep so I believe he will rather get paid by us. Remember not to choke. I bet money on your team.

  • Ettienne - 2011-10-19 18:37

    Lynne, you can be extremely proud of your son. Not only has he done you proud, but even more so, SOUTH AFRICA. Keep that flag flying high. Enjoy every minute of it.

  • Eidel - 2011-10-19 18:48

    @Inhlanzi; Go and fly a kite is the busch.....

  • Winsome - 2011-10-19 18:58

    Pietermaritzburg is proud of you Craig! Have a good game on Saturday and hope your mom enjoys it all!

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-19 19:20

    just saw on the sabc 2 news the compliments for mr joubert...well deserved! enjoy this splendid time with your family...may i be so bold as to say SA won the RWC referee trophy.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-19 19:25

      Very bold Anneleen yet very right.....hip hip hoorar

  • Andrew - 2011-10-19 19:28

    Craig, from everyone of us that have lost our fathers, we understand exactly what you must be feeling. His spirit will be with you, just like each and every other one of us Rugga Fans around the world.

  • Barry - 2011-10-19 20:25

    There always is South African class on the field in any RWC right to the end. :) Go Craig ! Show the world how a match should be called and makes proud again !

  • Bob - 2011-10-19 20:45

    if you cant get in the final , at least you can have a ref in the final aye guys. GO THE ALL BLACKS!!

      Barry - 2011-10-19 20:57

      Yes you are correct. Are you not lucky to have such a ref ? Goo France

  • Bok - 2011-10-19 21:22

    Once she gets here she will be another South African that doesnt want to go home. Its paradise here

  • Fuf - 2011-10-20 00:40

    Well done Craig! Obviously the best ref in the world. What i aslo like about him is that everytime he handles a Bulls-WP game the Bulls nail idiotic Province. I love u for that Craig

  • roshinee.naicker - 2011-10-20 08:08

    Hey Craig Having seen a photo of you yesterday on Sports24, a younger version of Tom Cruise....I don't care what people say or think, you have done us, South Africa and South Africans proud. Wish we all could meet you.....good luck and well done, make us proud

  • jos.pike - 2011-10-20 08:51

    Good things happen to good people...Mrs Joubert, you and Mr Joubert took care of many other peoples children while "Boarder teachers" at DHS. You desrve the reward!

  • wjlock - 2011-10-20 09:54

    Congratulations Craig - u deserve it!!

  • clivegoss - 2011-10-20 10:58

    Wonderfull, a story of pride and joy, Glad we still celebrate the happiness and successes of others. Go Mom Go Graig

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