Rugby World Cup 2011

Joy and sadness for Joubert

2011-10-17 15:46
Craig Joubert (File)

Johannesburg - South African Craig Joubert experienced joy and sadness after being chosen to referee the 2011 Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and France in Auckland on Sunday.

Although thrilled to be following in the footsteps of compatriot Andre Watson, who whistled the 1999 and 2003 finals, he regrets his father is not alive to watch him.

"My late father got me into refereeing and I cannot help but think how proud he would have been," Joubert said.

Joubert said he would not have minded sitting in an Eden Park stand this weekend, cheering for defending champions South Africa in the quadrennial showpiece.

"It is disappointing that they are not in the final, but now I have the opportunity to fly the South African flag in the absence of our beloved Springboks and hope to make my country proud."

The Springboks were defeated 11-9 by bogey opponents Australia last weekend in a controversial quarter-final with New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence strongly criticised for his interpretation of the breakdown laws.



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