Johannesburg - International rugby referee, Craig Joubert,
will be swapping his whistle for the dreaded finger after being appointed as
one of the two men in the middle for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup match at the
Wanderers on Friday.
Joubert will umpire the Proteas vs
Springboks T20 match alongside Patrick Jele.
The 37-year-old made his umpiring debut
earlier this year when he officiated in the first match between these teams.
“It was a great experience standing in the
middle during the first encounter between the Boks and the Proteas,” said
“I have always loved and supported cricket
and the Proteas. I watched the recent ODI series in Australia with much
interest, supporting our boys and keeping an eye on the umpires to pick up a
“To be part of this great occasion is a
real thrill for me and I’m looking forward to the match on Friday,” added
In other news around the Nelson Mandela
Legacy Cup, Proteas batsman, Rilee Rossouw has been withdrawn from the squad as
a precaution due to a finger injury. He will be replaced by bizhub Highveld
Lions batsman, Temba Bavuma.
Fans have been encouraged to come early and
participate in the festivities at the stadium. Gates open at 15:00 and the
match starts at 18:30.
From an entertainment perspective,
legendary South African artist, Johnny Clegg will perform on the day. He will
be joined by award winning rock group, Prime Circle who will entertain fans
before the match.
Fans will also get the opportunity to be part
of the autograph session with selected members of both teams.
The popular hit a six competition will once
again keep fans screaming for big hits and a kicking competition will also take
place between the two sides.