Rugby

Tappe lost to SA refereeing

2013-09-16 14:12
Tappe Henning (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former South African referee Tappe Henning has been appointed as the refereeing commissioner for the Scottish Rugby Union.

According to the SA Rugby referees website, the Henning signed a three-year deal last week with the option of renewing for a further two years.

Henning's new role will include training, educating and improving the skills of Scotland's referees.

He will also be in charge of their high performance referees, and will also work with international referees in an effort to reduce the number of penalties they concede - a function he performed with South Africa's national teams.

SA refereeing boss, André Watson, lauded Henning for his contribution to South African rugby.

"Tappe Henning and I have come a long way, firstly as active refereeing colleagues and then as friends and the last seven years as working colleagues.

"He has had a huge positive influence and contribution to the success of South African refereeing and it will be hard to fill the void he is leaving. Although he will be the first to say that nobody is irreplaceable.

"I personally, and I know all in refereeing in South Africa will be ever grateful to him for the role he played in SA Refereeing and in fact world refereeing," said Watson.

Henning, 52, took charge of 14 Tests until he retired from international refereeing in 2004.

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