Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and national teams manager Andy Marinos will meet Paddy O’Brien, the International Rugby Board (IRB) manager of referees, to discuss matters of common concern.
Rugby 365 reports that the scheduled meeting is set to take place in Johannesburg on August 28.
“This is an opportunity to discuss issues with the IRB, face-to-face,” said Marinos.
“There are a number of technical matters we’d like to raise but there are two issues we want to straighten out.
“We’d like to discuss our request to meet referees in the company of opposition coaches before Test matches, and correct the suggestions that we have failed in our duties to provide refereeing reports to the IRB.
“Let me categorically deny that. We have submitted all the required reports to date and will submit a report on refereeing at the end of the Tri-Nations – as the tournament manual requires.
“We have enormous sympathy for referees who in some cases have had to manage blowing as many as five different sets of laws this season – it’s only natural that we’d want to talk to them about interpretations in such a complex environment,” Marinos added.Tweet