Get ready for some hairy whistleblowers in the Currie Cup this season.
This is after the South African referees society decided to pledge their support to the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund to raise money for players injured in the game.
According to Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, the project – called Project Hair Aware – by the referees will see the countries top whistleblowers first grow beards for two weeks, before shaving their heads and beards off to raise money for the charity.
“All referees will grow beards from August 1 to 15, and thereafter shave their beards and heads from August 15 to 29,” SA Referees’ project head Gareth Lloyd-Jones told Sondag.
“With this we hope to show our commitment to the development of safe rugby. We want to raise money for the fund and the project also has the support of former Springbok captain Morne du Plessis. We also want to show that we can stand together in unity against the falling number of referees.
“As referees we stand together and support each other. We ask for the public’s support for the service we give rugby. Without qualified and experienced referees, there will be a greater risk for injury amongst players,” Lloyd-Jones says.
Some referees such as Craig Joubert and Mark Lawrence have already started growing their beards.Tweet