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Merit-based ref appointments for Super 14

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 10 Nov 2008 at 07:45
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Sanzar has taken the ground-breaking step of empowering their top match officials to referee more of the best matches in Super 14, ensuring the highest standard of refereeing in its 2009 competitions, it was announced Monday.

Superrugby reports that officials will be appointed from a panel founded on merit before nationality and will no longer be prevented from refereeing their countrymen in opposition to another nation.

In effect, this will allow a referee from one of the Sanzar countries to referee in matches involving teams from his country, regardless of the opponent.

“This is a significant step and was taken simply because we wanted to have the best refereeing the best,” said Andy Marinos, managing director of Sanzar.

“It will create a more competitive environment for our referees and will also lead to greater accountability. It obviously means that a South African, Australian or New Zealander could referee his countrymen when they play against a team from one of the other two nations. But we are confident in the ability of our officials to handle the change.”

Match referees will be appointed from a pilot merit panel that will be named before the start of the Super 14 season.

The panel will be revised after six weeks into the competition and a second time before the semifinals.

“The move to ‘neutral’ officials was one of the major strides that professional rugby took but as the game has matured it has become obvious that we need the best officials on the field,” said Marinos.

“Referees will have the opportunity to move up the pecking order as the season progresses, providing them with tangible performance incentives”.


  • Saffa refs will be working overtime. 😎 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.11.08 07:46:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Disaster looming if you ask me….

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.11.08 08:36:08 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Yea it bugs me that we always have to be reffed by the ANZAC fellows who don’t seem to offer the same class as our boys.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.11.08 09:22:11 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • I see this one going the other way. Imagine Bryce Lawrence blowing us against a Kiwi team. Bloodshed

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.11.08 09:45:38 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • At the rugby league world cup Aus refs officiate in Aus matches.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.11.08 18:01:20 by McLovin Reply
  • Will probably save some airfare now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.11.08 18:01:49 by McLovin Reply
  • How many S14 refs are needed? So if all the best refs are from SA then all the matches will be reffed by Japies? Makes sense. Best man for the job etc.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.11.08 18:03:42 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    And maybe we won’t have to see Bryce Lawrence again 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.11.08 18:06:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Hopefully. And less reason for SA fans to blame the ref for a loss. 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.11.08 18:08:40 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    But more for the Shackle draggers and kiwi’s to call our ref’s cheats. 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.11.08 18:09:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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