SA gets Test referee No 69

2015-04-13 14:24
Marius van der Westhuizen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - André Watson, South Africa's refereeing manager, has announced that Marius van der Westhuizen is to become South Africa's 69th Test referee.

Van der Westhuizen, like Craig Joubert and Stuart Berry, did remarkably well in World Rugby's Sevens Series and has now concentrated on 15-man rugby. Last year he broke into Super Rugby and has acquitted himself remarkably well.

At present Van der Westhuizen is recovering from a burst appendix after an operation last Saturday. The operation kept him out of refereeing the Sharks v Crusaders match on April 4.

Van der Westhuizen's first appointment will come in the Tbilisi Cup in Georgia from June 7-16.

In making the announcement, Watson said: "Well done with the appointment in Georgia, Marius. May it be the first of many."

Watson also took the chance to congratulate the four South Africans appointed as match officials for the 2015 Rugby World Cup - Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper who are two of the 12 referees appointed, and Stuart Berry as an assistant referee and Shaun Veldsman as a TMO.

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