Refs for Rugby Championship

2012-07-07 12:56

Cape Town - South Africa’s Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper were included on the list of eight referees that will officiated in the upcoming Castle Rugby Championship.

Referee appointments for the 2012 Rugby Championship

The International Rugby Board (IRB) announced the match official appointment on Friday. Appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee following a detailed review of performances during the recent June tours and Tests.

The eight referees for the Rugby Championship are Alain Rolland (Ireland), Steve Walsh (Australia), Nigel Owens (Wales), Romain Poite (France), Wayne Barnes (England), George Clancy (Ireland), Joubert and Peyper.

The referees will also undertake assistant referee duties alongside a group of up-and-coming referees who have earned their place owing to their performances in recent Tests and at the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.

The Springboks’ six matches in the Rugby Championship will be handled by Walsh (both Tests against Argentina, in Cape Town and Mendoza), Owens (Australia in Perth), Clancy (New Zealand in Dunedin) and Rolland (both home Tests against Australia and New Zealand).

The two South African referees will travel to Argentina for the Pumas’ Tests against New Zealand in La Plata (Peyper) and Australia in Rosario (Joubert).

IRB Referee Manager Paddy O'Brien said: “The goal across all aspects of international officiating is consistency and a highlight for us has been the partnership with our Unions in focusing on bringing through the next crop of referees who will be in contention for a place at Rugby World Cup 2015. This was very evident at the recent IRB Junior World Championship where the guys showed a good account of themselves.”

SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said: “It is great to see the top match officials in the world appointed for the first edition of The Rugby Championship this year. This is testament to the hard work that the IRB Match Official Selection Committee has undertaken in identifying the top performers from the northern and southern hemispheres. The scene is well and truly set for the new preeminent southern hemisphere rugby tournament.”

The new selection system allows for movement in and out of the panel based on form and rewards the top performers and young referees who have graduated through the performance pathway ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.


  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-07-07 14:32

    No NZ refs appointed for the tests. No wonder ... we all know this, if the critearia of consistancy is applied. Their Top ref for 2011 (guess who) are making blunders after blunders, even as a TV ref.

      michael.hendrickse.58 - 2012-07-08 21:40

      Spot on......

  • stuart.mozzie - 2012-07-07 14:45

    Steve Walsh, sigh this clown thinks he is above the game, he blows up EVERYTHING and then has to talk about it to the players, EVERY TIME, there's only about 40 minutes of rugby actually played in a game that he refs...

  • Pat - 2012-07-08 14:56

    i DISLIKE south african rugby with a passion, but sa refs is 1 of 3 things i do like about the springsucks!! xept marius jonker coz hiz jus plain useless and bias

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 18:48

      Yeah all they have to do now is to blow the S**T out of NZ for illegal blocking which they do every game...

      blousteblou.meyer - 2012-07-09 11:42

      Pat, Jealously makes you so nasty!

      Pat - 2012-07-09 12:58

      and nasty makes u fat and fat makes u ugly and ugly makes u....well U!!

  • lindy.leroux - 2012-07-10 14:09

    Why in he world do our refs only get 1 game each and the others gets 3 or 4 each?????? " J "

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