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Disaster strikes Willie Roos


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 15 Jun 2008 at 21:37

Willie Roos of South Africa has been in Japan to officiate in the IRB’s Pacific Nations. It was going well till disaster struck.

Rugby 365 reports that François Veldsman has been with him as a touch judge -and then became more than a touch judge.

Roos refereed the match when Australia A beat Japan 42-21 in Fukuoka. From Fukuoka on Kyushu, the two went north to Tokyo and then further north to Sendai for the match between Japan and Tonga. That’s where Roos’s troubles began. He tells the story.

“Japan had an easy, 35-13 win over Tonga. With about 20 minutes to play I got in the way of a player and ended up in a ruck. I fell really badly with my ankle in a bas position and had to leave the field. François Veldsman took over from me.

“I was then taken to hospital for x-rays of my ankle and was told that it was broken. I’ll be out of action for six weeks.

“I must say I’m bitterly disappointed as I’ll now not be able to referee the opening Currie Cup match between Western Province and the Sharks in Durban on Friday night.

“There is also the prospect of an uncomfortable journey to get home. First there is a three-hour train trip to Tokyo. Then there is a two-hour bus trip to Narita and then a four-hour flight to Hong Kong. After that there is the 14-hour flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg – all of it with my ankle in plaster. It is going to be a trip to remember.”

The Japan Rugby Union have been outstanding and have been supportive with all my hospital needs.”

That was not all, as Roos tells:

“Before I forget, there was an earthquake yesterday (Saturday morning) which registered 7.2 on the Richter Scale. There was chaos in the hotel. People were screaming and walls started cracking.

“We had to evacuate the hotel. François and I were on the 8th floor and we had to get down by the stairs.

“What a trip!”



34 Comments

  • I don’t like the guy as a Ref but you don’t wish these types of things on anybody.

    glad they guy got through the earthquake unscathed and hope his ankle get’s sorted soon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.08 21:38:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “First there is a three-hour train trip to Tokyo. Then there is a two-hour bus trip to Narita and then a four-hour flight to Hong Kong. After that there is the 14-hour flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg – all of it with my ankle in plaster. It is going to be a trip to remember.” :shock:

    Hope he’s got some strong meds.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.08 21:43:15 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
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  • oh well. At least we’ll (hopefully) have a (more) competent ref on Friday night…

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.08 21:44:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Probably won’t be getting a get well card from Schalk Burger. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.08 21:46:32 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : At least we can’t get JC Fortuin! :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.06.08 23:15:08 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 5) :

    Referees for this weekend:

    Sharks vs Western Province at Absa Stadium, Durban
    Referee: Willie Roos
    Touch judges: Jaco Peyper, Reuben Rossouw
    Television match official: Michael Cupido
    Assessor: Andrew O’Connell, Arrie Schoonwinkel

    Valke vs Boland at Bosman Stadium, Brakpan
    Referee: Christie du Preez
    Touch judges: Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Peet Badenhorst
    Assessor: André Watson

    Lions vs Blue Bulls at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
    Referee: Marius Jonker
    Touch judges: JC Fortuin, Peter de Bruin
    Assessor: Richard Nash

    Griquas vs Cheetahs at Absa Park, Kimberley
    Referee: Craig Joubert
    Touch judges: Stuart Berry, Lourens van der Merwe
    Assessor: Gerrit Coetzer

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.06.08 23:20:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA…I thought Willie Roos broke his ankle? :?:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.06.08 23:35:20 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 7) :

    :lol:

    Yes he did, but that was the list of appointments from before he broke his ankle.

    I just posted it so we could see who was NOT reffing and may be available to replace him for our match.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.08 23:40:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA – Reuben Rossouw
    is this reuben reuben ???

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.06.08 06:00:59 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Did Roos at least secure the ball when he was in the ruck?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.06.08 08:51:16 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • The tough life of an iternational ref

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.06.08 09:03:42 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : And that’s why I said at least we can’t get JC Fortuin (to replace Roos) coz isn’t he from Wee Pee territory?

    We always tend to get him when we play the Cheetahs! :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.06.08 09:43:50 by Villie Reply
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  • Do we have a list of Currie Cup refs?

    Pity we can’t get Marius Jonker or Craig Joubert coz they are Natal refs!

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.06.08 09:45:06 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 12) : I didn’t see Caplan’s name on there.. I guess he’s busy with international duty

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.06.08 09:46:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 13) : Nah. Jonker ain’t from Natal…

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.06.08 09:47:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    He IS Rob. Check again. That is why he never refs us!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.06.08 09:50:45 by Villie Reply
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  • Look at this nutter cranking again!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tmZS_t2ALM0

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.06.08 09:53:18 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 16) : ok – thoguht he was from Boland or something

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.06.08 09:55:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : fck me, but you’re right. Richards Bay.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.06.08 09:56:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 9) :

    Yip.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.06.08 19:52:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    Damn right.

    AND he is not a PRO ref. Bell in R/Bay are happy to give him as much time off work as he needs. They are more than happy to use his Rugby exposure as advertising for them.

    Clever company

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.06.08 19:54:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seems Mark lawrence is now also out injured :sad:

    Accident takes Lawrence out of Tests
    Mon, 16 Jun 2008 14:54

    The remains of Mark Lawrence’s car

    Mark Lawrence has had to withdraw from officiating at three Tests in the next three weeks because of a motor accident on Saturday night.

    Lawrence was on duty at the Test between South Africa and Wales at Loftus Versfeld. On the Friday night he had refereed Griffons vs Sharks in Welkom and then driven home to Standerton late. Because he had been away then and was due to go to Australasia for three weeks, he decided to leave early from Pretoria while it was still light, rather than stay over.

    Some 10 kilometres before Delmas he came over a blind rise and there was a Bakkie doing a u-turn in the road. He could not avoid the collision which wrote his car off, put the Bakkieriver in hospital and hurt Lawrence badly enough for him to withdraw from the Tests.

    Lawrence has just refereed his way back onto the International Rugby Board’s panels and is regarded as one of the very best referees in the world. He was to have been the touch judge for New Zealand vs England in Christchurch, then the referee for Australia vs France in Sydney and then the touch judge for the second Test in the series, Australia vs France in Brisbane.

    In the accident the airbag threw up its protection but he hurt his knees against the dashboard, suffered a whiplash effect to his neck and broke his nose.

    His wife and his father-in-law fetched him and took him to the hospital in Standerton where the doctor told him that he would probably be all right to referee in 10 to 14 days but that he could not guarantee that he would be 100% fit.

    Lawrence decided not to take a risk and withdrew from all three matches, his place taken by Marius Jonker.

    For Lawrence, who has worked so hard to get back onto the panel and was determined to stay there, the decision was a bitterly hard one. “I’m shattered. But it would not be fair for me to go ahead, knowing that I was perhaps not 100% fit.”

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.06.08 19:56:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 13) :

    Yes we do :wink:

    should i post it? :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.06.08 19:58:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • There are obviously different levels of refereeing.

    The National Panel has been reduced from 12 referees to 10 referees and the Provincial Panel from 20-16.

    Jonathan Kaplan, who refereed a semi-final at the World Cup recently, is still ranked at No.1 in South Africa.

    Linston Manuel has stopped refereeing at provincial level and will join the Touch Judge Panel. Gareth Lloyd-Jones has moved out of the smaller National Panel to the Provincial Panel.

    The first six referees on the National panel – Jonathan Kaplan, Craig Joubert, Marius Jonker, Mark Lawrence, JC Fortuin and Willie Roos – have been designated as Super 14 referees with Deon van Blommestein and Phillip Bosch as reserves.

    National Panel (Top 10) (in merit order)

    1. Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
    2. Craig Joubert (SARU)
    3. Marius Jonker (SARU)
    4. Mark Lawrence (SARU)
    5. Jerome Fortuin (SARU)
    6. Willie Roos (SARU)
    7. Deon van Blommestein (SARU)
    8. Phillip Bosch (SARU)
    9. Pro Legoete (SARU)
    10. Christie du Preez (SARU)

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.06.08 20:00:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    I think after the S14 performances Lawrence is pushing HARD to move UP that list.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.06.08 20:01:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Provincial Panel

    Archie Sehlako, who was in the Contenders Squad last season, is the only newcomer on this panel while Marc van Zyl, Marius Bonthuys, George Roper, Gert Stander and Fumanekile Yamile are no longer there. Van Zyl, Stander and Yamile are possibles for the Touch Judges Panel.

    1. Jaco Peyper (Free State)
    2. Joey Salmans (Western Province)
    3. François Veldsman (Boland)
    4. Gareth Lloyd-Jones (SARU)
    5. Tiaan Jonker (Golden Lions)
    6. Sindile Mayende (Sharks)
    7. Lourens van der Merwe (Free State)
    8. Stuart Berry (Sharks)
    9. Matt Kemp (Western Province)
    10. Mlungiseli Mdashe (Eastern Province)
    11. Chris Healey (Sharks)
    12. Mtheleli Msileni (Eastern Province)
    13. Jerome America (Western Province)
    14. Jason Jaftha (South Western Districts)
    15. Silulami Pityoi (Western Province)
    16. Archie Sehlako (Sharks)

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.06.08 20:03:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, you having a Hmmm moment on this thread? ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.06.08 22:21:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jerome America? :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.06.08 22:31:06 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 28) : Bit of a flamboyant name.

    …and he’s from Western Province! What are the chances…

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.06.08 22:35:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Racheltjie’s close buddy perhaps? :razz:

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.06.08 22:39:50 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 30) : perhaps… ooh la la

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.06.08 22:44:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 4) : Classic!

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.06.08 11:27:26 by billy Reply

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  • I reckon this is a blessing in disguise…. :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.06.08 11:41:28 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • hey now that the referees have been announced it certainly seems like it.

    Du preez has been moved from the Boland Game and that will now be re-assigned to someone else.

    Sharks vs Western Province at Absa Stadium, Durban
    Referee: Christie du Preez
    Touch judges: Jaco Peyper, Reuben Rossouw
    Television match official: Michael Cupido
    Assessor: Andrew O’Connell, Arrie Schoonwinkel

    Valke vs Boland at Bosman Stadium, Brakpan
    Referee: AN Other
    Touch judges: Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Peet Badenhorst
    Assessor: André Watson

    Lions vs Blue Bulls at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
    Referee: Craig Joubert
    Touch judges: AN Other, Peter de Bruin
    Assessor: Richard Nash

    Griquas vs Cheetahs at Absa Park, Kimberley
    Referee: JC Fortuin
    Touch judges: Stuart Berry, Lourens van der Merwe
    Assessor: Gerrit Coetzer

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.06.08 16:24:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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