SANZAR names 18 S15 refs

2012-12-19 08:15

Cape Town - SANZAR on Wednesday announced an 18-man strong referee team for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.

The announcement includes five new referees to the Super Rugby circuit, including Argentinean Francisco Pastrana (who controlled his first Super Rugby match in 2012).

The team includes the Southern Hemisphere's top performers, with Craig Joubert, Steve Walsh and Chris Pollock (returning from injury) heading up a strong team.

"The recent form of some of our referees in the Test environment has given us an excellent senior group within the team, and we have been able to include a healthy number of young referees," SANZAR game manager Lyndon Bray said.

"They have been selected with an eye to the future, both for Super Rugby and Test rugby."

Along with the Argentinean Pastrana, Australia's James Leckie has been recalled to the squad, while Rohan Hoffman (a former professional rugby player), Jason Jaftha from South Africa and Nick Briant from New Zealand get their first taste of Super Rugby with their selections.

"Along with the five new referees introduced to Super Rugby in 2012, we have a very strong nucleus of younger referees, blended with some of the best in the world at the top of their game."

The full Super Rugby Referee Team for 2013 is:

South Africa (6):
Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Jonathan Kaplan, Lourens van der Merwe, Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha

New Zealand (6):
Chris Pollock, Glen Jackson, Garratt Williamson, Jonathon White, Mike Fraser, Nick Briant

Australia (5):

Steve Walsh, Andrew Lees, Angus Gardner, James Leckie, Rohan Hoffman

Argentina (1):
Francisco Pastrana


  • dirkjohannes - 2012-12-19 08:21

    Baie geluk Jaftha. Jy verdien dit.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-12-19 08:31

    Where is BL? On a 6 month sabbatical?

      will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-19 08:45

      Spending his massive earnings from last year's world cup

  • will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-19 08:46

    Craig Joubert = NZ teams getting away with murder

      peter.neethling.7 - 2012-12-19 09:25

      GET OVER IT!!!! its been over a year. It is time to move on. Why is it so hard for people to believe that the team who has been ranked number 1 in world for most of the last 100 years could win a world cup at home? and going in to the match Joubert was being hailed as the best ref in the world by the entire rugby world, suddenly he makes one or two errors and he is on the take and the worst person in the world. Pathetic.

  • raeez.omar.5 - 2012-12-19 08:55

    Geluk Jason. Jy verdien dit. Een van die beste!!!

  • estiaan - 2012-12-19 09:00

    Jonker retired, Jaftha in. Not a bad swop...

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-19 09:52

    To Gert Swar and Will.Hodge since you two know so much about how to referee why dont you two become referees instead of being so critical or dont the two of you have the balls.I ofr one would love to sit in the stands or in front of the TV and critisize every decision that you make becausewith every decision one sidewill agree and the other side not

  • rondee.scherman - 2012-12-20 01:51

    Hope Rohan Hoffman learned from his howler in Sevens and have a good season in Super 15. Saw him in his younger days in Portugal and need to drop the attitude to be a good ref. He understands the game but must guard against getting involved on the field of play. Every one in Portugal wishing you a great season.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-20 05:33

    The good ones: Jaftha, Jackson The bad ones: Joubert, Peyper, Kaplan, Pollock, Walsh, Leckie The who-the-@#%-are-they ones: Garrat Williamson, Jonathon White, Nick Briant, Rohan Hoffman

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