Freek Burger (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - World Rugby has included two South Africans in
an experienced disciplinary team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The selections underscore World Rugby’s commitment to the
clear and consistent application of the disciplinary process and rules at
rugby’s showcase event.
The South African judicial officials to perform duty at the
RWC are former Test referee Freek Burger and Justice Lex Mpati.
Burger was named amongst the team of citing commissioners,
while Mpati was appointed as an appeal officer.
Selected on merit, the team representing 11 nations
comprises 11 citing commissioners, 10 judicial officers and four appeal
officers, who will preside over all disciplinary matters concerning on-field
acts of foul play and any misconduct matters that might arise.
Citing commissioners: James Absaloms (Kenya), Freek Burger
(South Africa), Steve Hinds (New Zealand), Douglas Hunter (Scotland), Bruce
Kuklinski (Canada), Peter Larter (England), Scott Nowland (Australia), Mike
Rafter (England), Yves Thieffine (France), Maurizio Vancini (Italy), Murray
Judicial officers: Prof. Lorne Crerar (Scotland), Adam
Casselden (Australia), Jean-Noël Couraud (France), Antony Davies (England),
Alan Hudson (Canada), Sheriff Kathrine Mackie (Scotland), Roger Morris (Wales),
Christopher Quinlan QC (England), Simon Thomas (Wales), Terry Willis
Appeal officers: Justice Lex Mpati (South Africa), Justice
Sir James Dingemans (England), Justice Graeme Mew (Canada), Rod McKenzie
In addition, Justice Douglas White (recently retired as a
judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal) has been appointed for a third
consecutive Rugby World Cup as the Disputes Panel Chairperson, to deal with any
breaches of the tournament terms of participation applicable to teams.
The selection of the team is the result of a detailed
pathway programme implemented by World Rugby. Under the programme, candidates
from across the rugby world were invited to be considered for selection for
All of the citing commissioners will be based at the RWC
international broadcast centre where they will have access to every camera
angle of every match. They will, like the television match officials, be using
the Hawkeye technology to view and review all angles of any incident arising.