Marius Jonker quits as Test ref

2012-12-05 09:32

Cape Town - Leading South African referee Marius Jonker has announced his retirement from international match officiating, although he will continue to referee in South Africa’s domestic competitions.

Jonker, 44, announced his decision on Wednesday, following discussions with Andre Watson, GM Referees for the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

“I have had a highly enjoyable international career, refereeing at Test and Vodacom Super Rugby level but the time has come to move on,” said Jonker.

“I still love refereeing and will continue to take charge at Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup level - as well as in SARU’s other competitions.”

Jonker made his debut at first class level in 2003 and quickly rose to take charge of his first Test match in 2005. In all, he refereed in 24 Test matches - the last of them in 2011.

“Marius has been one of the world’s top referees for a number of years,” said Watson. “Along with Jonathan Kaplan, Mark Lawrence and Craig Joubert he was part of a crop of outstanding South African officials who raised the bar for officiating everywhere.

“He has served SARU, SANZAR and IRB for a long period with distinction. I believe he did not receive the acknowledgement and credit he deserved. But what’s important is that his experience is being retained by SARU and can be passed on to the young guns in the next season or two.”


  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-05 09:39

    Jason Jaftha should replace him .

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-05 10:37

      Marius may have worn blue undies on occasion but Jaftha is 5 kinds of USELESS

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 22:37

      Jafta is a useless BEE appointment

  • BulletjieBulBul - 2012-12-05 09:46

    He wants to concentrate on Stormers / WeePee matches. He is on their payroll now.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 10:12

      my thoughts exactly bulletjie bulbul

      John - 2012-12-05 14:26

      get a life

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-12-05 10:01

    Well done on an excellent career!

  • - 2012-12-05 10:16

    Would not have thought he would give up so easily on the Stormers. Probably wants to focus on WP making sure that cup does not stay in the Cape.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-12-05 10:54

    Sorry to see you go, Marius! So happy you will still be around the domestic scene.

  • NguVala - 2012-12-05 11:11

    Best news ever, I don't like how he treats players like school kids! He's officiating is always stop-start. Otherwise well on you Mr Jonker for seeing that there are other good officials who deserve an opportunity

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-12-05 11:19

      Really Ngu, if you had any real interest and knowledge of the game of rugby, you would have known that Jonker is renowned for the way in wich he allows games to flow - the numer of tries scored in his games being proof of that.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-05 11:35

    Thank you for a great career sorry you have decided to stop. to all the idiots who spend more time focusing on what the ref is doing in a game should learn to focus on what 30 other players are doing. Just for all the so called couch coaches a ref on average makes 5 mistakes where as a professional team will make 35-42 mistakes per game. So who do you blame now and seriously do we watch a game only to focus on the ref or the actually players playing the game.

      patricia.hattingh.75 - 2012-12-05 12:14

      Good on you Robert, always thought the 60 000 odd idiots not watching the game and who have tickets have no clue about the game....... He will be a loss to the game......

  • michael.hendrickse.58 - 2012-12-05 13:24

    Jason Jaftha is gonna be reffing key games at RWC of the best I have seen in recent years.......and technically very good.......also had a good manner with the players......Jonker altho patronising at times, was also a good laugh!!!!!!!!

  • ammarenthia - 2012-12-05 17:16

    We'll done, Marius. Sorry to hear!!

  • mario.roodt - 2012-12-05 17:32

    He will probably turn to poker now, he has always been keen on dishing them out the cards on the field.

  • chris.holtshausen - 2012-12-05 18:35

    Bloubal Jonker sal dus die WP/Stormers volgende jaar aanhou terroriseer! Kan die 'werfetter' nie maar alle vorme van rugby 'quit' nie?!!

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