Cape Town - South African referee Cwengile Jadezweni
continued his rapid rise as a top-class match official on Thursday when he was named
on the World Rugby Under-20 Championship referee panel for the tournament to be
hosted in Manchester, England, from June 7 to 25.
Jadezweni was named on South Africa’s Elite Referee panel
for the first time this season after a series of consistently impressive
performances last season, which culminated in him taking charge of the
Provincial Under-21 final between Western Province and the Free State in
He has since made appearances as an assistant referee in
four of the opening five rounds of the Super Rugby competition - the last of
which was this past weekend in the clash between the Sharks and Crusaders in
Jadezweni will join eight other top referees at the
tournament, namely Graham Cooper (ARU), Craig Maxwell Keys (RFU), Juan
Sylvestre (UAR), Elia Rizzo (FIR), Thomas Charabas (FFR), Paul Williams (NZRU),
Andrew Brace (IRFU) and Craig Evans (WRU).
“We’re very proud of ‘JD’ and his achievements in the last
couple of seasons,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“He is an extremely dedicated and hard-working referee and
this is just reward for a number of very good performances in the middle. The
World Rugby Under-20 Championship is a springboard for upcoming referees and
I’m sure he’ll be in the Test selection frame soon.”