Peyper SA's 65th Test referee

2011-07-14 17:24

Cape Town - The 31-year-old Jaco Peyper will become South Africa's 65th Test referee when he takes charge of the international match featuring Kenya and Zimbabwe on the 23 July 2011. 

Peyper, refereed at last year's IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina; and at this year's tournament which was held in Italy where he took charge of the final match which was contested by New Zealand and England.

"Test colours are not awarded cheaply, which makes Jaco's appointment significant in the first instance," said Andre Watson, SARU Referees Manager.

"I am sure that ultimately it became an easy decision as his track record speaks for itself. We wish him well, and are confident that he will serve South African Rugby and the international rugby community with distinction."

Peyper, who was elevated to SANZAR's Merit Panel in 2011, started his refereeing career in 2001 and officiated in his first Super Rugby match in 2009 when he took charge of the game featuring the Lions and the Highlanders in Johannesburg.

The 31-year-old referee also officiated in numerous Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup matches which included the Vodacom Cup final in 2007 between the GWK Griquas and the Blue Bulls in Kimberley. He has also taken charge of 10 Super Rugby matches which includes five games during the 2011 Super Rugby season.

"I am completely excited and at the same time looking forward to the opportunity of refereeing at Test level," said Peyper.

"It's every referee's desire to officiate at the highest level, and I am grateful at the opportunity given to me to make my mark on the Test arena. The competition of refereeing in South Africa is of such a standard that I am honoured at the opportunity vested in my skills to be able to apply them at international level."


  • Henni Apple - 2011-07-14 18:14

    Congratulations it is great for SA Rugby

      Thomas - 2011-07-14 22:44

      Good to be recognised even if the game is lower than the varsity cup.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-14 22:03

    Congratulations, Mr Peyper! Hope you will have a long and illustrious career and bring much honour to your country!

  • MB1810 - 2011-07-15 08:19

    I don't want to be the only negative one about this news, but I really don't rate this guy as a very good referee, then again, I guess he'll fit in perfectly with Bryce Lawrence & Co!

  • Ian - 2011-07-15 13:04

    Well DONE !

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