LIVE

    Top SA referee retires, pursues career as advocate

    2017-11-24 09:55

    Cape Town - South African referee Jaco van Heerden has retired from the game to pursue a career as an advocate, SA Rugby has confirmed.

    Still just 34-years-old, Van Heerden began refereeing South African first class matches in 2013 before making his Super Rugby debut in a match between the Bulls and Sharks in Pretoria in 2015. 

    READ: Referee Van Heerden steals the show at Newlands

    According to a press release on Friday, Van Heerden has opted to bow out of the game as he focuses on his law career. 

    Banks Yantolo, SA Rugby’s Referee Manager, thanked Van Heerden for his service to the game.

    “Jaco has always been a true professional and he was an asset to South African refereeing,” said Yantolo. 

    “Unfortunately the demands of his legal career meant he could no longer commit the time required to perform as an elite referee. We wish him well for his future as an advocate.”

    Van Heerden refereed in three Tests, 20 Super Rugby and 34 Currie Cup matches, which included the 2017 First Division final and the Premier Division semi-finals in 2014 and 2015.

    Read More On:  sa rugby jaco van heerden rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
    • Sunwolves v Brumbies, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airlines Park 15:05
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

    Results

    No results are available

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    The 2017 Super Rugby tournament has reached its quarter-final stage. When all is said and done, who emerges victorious?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.