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SA Referee Panels for 2009 announced

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin on 2 Dec 2008 at 14:23
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The South African Referees’ Committee has announced the panels of referees for 2009, starting with the National Panel which has five new referees.

The SA Rugby Referees website reports that the National Panel, which is South Africa’s top panel, has been enlarged from 10 to 12. New on the top panel are Jaco Peyper, Joey Salmans, Stuart Berry, Sindile Mayende and Jason Jaftha. JC Fortuin, Deon van Blommestein and Christie du Preez are no longer on the panel. Fortuin has become a television match official, Du Preez an assistant referee.

Jonathan Kaplan is still South Africa’s top-ranked referee, which is hardly surprising for the referee who has refereed more Tests than any one else in the history of the game.

On the panels André Watson, South Africa’s refereeing manager, said: “I am confident that these merit panels will take us into the medium future with confidence. Consistent performances have been rewarded and that’s what competition is all about.

“I want to thank the selection committee for their work done and congratulate them on what I believe is a great squad of referees that will realise our aim, which is to provide the best possible service to our customers who are the teams and spectators.

“Congratulations to those that were promoted and I want to ensure them all of our utmost attention at all times.”

The panels are as follows:

National Panel (Top 12) (in merit order)

1. Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
2. Mark Lawrence (SARU)
3. Marius Jonker (SARU)
4. Craig Joubert (SARU)
5. Phillip Bosch (SARU)
6. Pro Legoete (SARU)
7. Willie Roos (SARU)
8. Jaco Peyper (SARU)
9. Joey Salmans (SARU)
10. Stuart Berry (SARU)
11. Sindile Mayende (SARU)
12. Jason Jaftha (SARU)

Lourens van der Merwe and François Veldsman are reserves to the National Panel, as Jaco Peyper and Joey Salmans were in 2008.

Provincial Panel 12 (in merit order)

This panel has been reduced from 16 to 12.

Of the 2008 panel Jaco Peyper, Joey Salmans, Sindile Mayende, Stuart Berry and Jason Jaftha have moved up to the National panel.

New on the Provincial Panel are Luke Burger, Ben Crouse, Bongani Maloni and Dilbert November.

1. Lourens van der Merwe (Free State)
2. François Veldsman (Boland)
3. Gareth Lloyd-Jones (Western Province)
4. Archie Sehlako (Natal)
5. Tiaan Jonker (Golden Lions)
6. Mlungiseli Mdashe (Valke)
7. Matt Kemp (Western Province)
8. Mtheleli Msileni (Eastern Province)
9. Luke Burger (Blue Bulls)
10. Ben Crouse (Blue Bulls)
11. Bongani Maloni (Border)
12. Dilbert November (South Western Districts)

Richard Ingram, Lusanda Jam, Sewes Terblanche, Petri Bosch and Quinton Immelman are reserves for the Provincial Panel.

Contenders Squad (Top 5 ranked; thereafter in alphabetical order)

New contenders are Lusanda Jam, François Groenewald, Rhala Mkhaleli, Gladile Mveliso, and Lihan Pretorius.
 Merit order:
1. Richard Ingram (Natal)
2. Lusanda Jam (Border)
3. Sewes Terblanche (Blue Bulls)
4. Petri Bosch (Griquas)
5. Quinton Immelman (Western Province)

Alphabetical order

Jimmy Aphane (Blue Bulls)
Rodney Bonaparte (Eastern Province)
François de Bruin (Griquas)
François Groenewald (Western Province)
Martin Lekhanye (Free State)
Willie Killian (Leopards)
Rhala Mkhaleli (Leopards)
Gladile Mveliso (Border)
Theshin Naicker (Natal)
Craig Palmer (Golden Lions)
Lihan Pretorius (Golden Lions)
Andries Retief (Pumas)
LJ Swart (Leopards)
Jan Venter (Blue Bulls)

Candidates (alphabetical):

Gerrie de Bruin (Blue Bulls)
Tony Duminy (Border)
De Goede Haasbroek (Griquas)
Charlton Isaacs (Boland)
Riaan Janse van Vuuren (Pumas)
Sakkie Meyer (Free State)
Hentie Nel (Leopards)
Thembinkosi Nondyola (Eastern Province)
François Pretorius (Western Province)
Rusta Rahivenga (Golden Lions)
Wayne Robertson (South Western Districts)
Ian Smith (Eastern Province)
Jacob Smith (Boland)
Amos Swartz (Border)
Jocelyn Tucker (Blue Bulls)
Marius van der Westhuizen (Western Province)
Jaco van Heerden (Blue Bulls)
Sieg van Staden (Valke)
Pieter van Vuuren (Free State)
Gustav van Wyk (Boland)
Pieter White (Pumas)

Women’s Panel (merit order)

The Women’s Panel has increased from seven to nine. New on the panel are Magda van der Heever and Marlize Jordaan.

1. Kim Smit (Golden Lions)
2. Eugenia Daniels (Western Province)
3. Madel Herselman (Golden Lions)
4. Sipokazi Njani (Border)
5. Eska Swart (South Western Districts)
6. Roslyn Fortuin (Boland)
7. Lize Els (Golden Lions)
8. Magda van der Heever (Pumas)
9. Marlize Jordaan (Free State)

Women’s Contender’s Squad (alphabetical):

Melany Duthie (South Western Districts)
Sanet Ludick (Leopards)
Specialised Assistant Referees’ Panel (alphabetical)

Cobus Wessels is on the IRB’s panel of specialised assistant referees while Reuben Rossouw is a nominee for the IRB’s specialised panel of assistant referees.

New on the panel of assistant referees are Christie du Preez.

1. Peet Badenhorst (Golden Lions)
2. Roderick Barry (Western Province)
3. Mandla Dakuse (Border)
4. Christie du Preez (Eastern Province)
5. Linston Manuels (Boland)
6. Reuben Rossouw (Natal)
7. Cobus Wessels (South Western Districts)
8. Fumanekile Yamile (Eastern Province)
9. Marc van Zyl (Western Province)

TMO panel (alphabetical)

Johann Meuwesen, Shaun Veldsman and, as a reserve, Michael Cupido are Super 14 TMOs.

Jenny Bentel has retired while Gerrie Coetzee and JC Fortuin have come onto it.

1. Gerrie Coetzee (Free State)
2. Michael Cupido (Golden Lions)
3. JC Fortuin (Western Province)
4. Johann Meuwesen (Eastern Province)
5. Shaun Veldsman (Boland)


  • Watch the guy in 10th on the National Panel move up the rankings in the coming seasons.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.12.08 14:25:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Ben Crouse?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.12.08 14:29:22 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    National panel. Stuart Berry.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.12.08 14:31:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : oh, sorry. Yes.

    I take it you know the lad?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.12.08 14:32:47 by robdylan Reply
  • 12. Dilbert November (South Western Districts)

    He must be quite a character. 😳

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.12.08 14:32:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Very well. Hillcrest boy. he and another Dbn Ref were up and coming guys at quite a rate of knots. Chris Healy (Sharks Academy graduate) I see Chris must have retired or left the country. must be about 26 now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.12.08 14:34:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • How long before a woman takes charge of a first class men’s game?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.12.08 14:38:47 by McLovin Reply
  • Phillip and Petri Bosch. What is this world coming to???

    First Bosch and Lomb…then Bosch sparkplugs…Bosch drills and power tools (emphasis on tool) :mrgreen:

    Now two Bosch dudes as refs… what the hell??? 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.12.08 14:39:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :


    Well those are only the TOP refs… … … I am sure there are one or two toehr Bosches trying their hand at reffing out there. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.12.08 14:40:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • From SA Referees:

    At the end of 2006 Lawrence had been dropped from the IRB’s top panel. He was given the final of the First Division of the Currie Cup, and the expectation was that he would referee in 2007 and then fade gently away.

    It was a moist distressing time for him, but he gathered up his passion and determination and set about getting things right.

    He got things right. In 2007 he refereed the Currie Cup Final and received the award as Referees’ Referee Award, a most satisfying award as the voters are his peers and colleagues. In 2008 Lawrence got back onto the IRB’s panels, got his first Six Nations appointment, refereed the Final of the Super 14, got a Tri-Nations appointment and was appointed to a top November Test – Ireland vs New Zealand at Croke Park. All that he seemed to miss was the Final of the Currie Cup which Jonathan Kaplan refereed but he was appointed to a semifinal.

    The result of all this was the two top refereeing awards at South Africa’s glittering award ceremony on Tuesday night – Referee of the Year and Referees’ referee of the Year, the latter for the second year running.

    Are they implying that he was crying. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.12.08 14:45:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I remember he name… the Academy was quite proud of him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.12.08 15:50:39 by robdylan Reply
  • It was a moist distressing time for him, but he gathered up his passion and determination and set about getting things right.

    😯 😯
    Now cal me a dirty old man, but ……. 😯 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.12.08 16:02:38 by Ollie Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 12) : you dirty old man 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.12.08 16:11:15 by robdylan Reply
  • whats that young ref`s name? i think he just finnished school. from province or somewhere. i rate him quite a bit

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.12.08 16:38:16 by VanWilder Reply
  • How the hell did Roos not get demoted?

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.12.08 16:41:10 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • Woah!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.12.08 16:45:39 by PJLD Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 15) : Schalk was the only pne that put his name forward

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.12.08 16:46:06 by PJLD Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 15) : surely he did? Even Pro Legoete is ahead of him!

    Ok, actually, I take that back. Pro is a pretty damn good ref… much better than Shrill Willie

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.12.08 16:48:14 by robdylan Reply
  • Willie Roos still there?

    Now I am wondering, since SANZAR announced that the best ref’s will ref the important games, regardless of their nationality, what games will Roos be demoted to?

    Bulls, Lions and Cheetah games?

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.12.08 08:55:28 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 19) :

    I think he has dropped down the rankings.

    I am not sure if Bosch and Legoete were above him last year.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.12.08 09:00:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @MorneN (Comment 19) :

    it’ll be a case of we (NZAR) don’t mind if he stuffs up one of your local derbies, but we won’t allow him near our teams. 😉

    I heard something interesting a few weeks ago though. Do yourself a favour and go and dig a little to see who Bryce Lawrence’s Dad is. nepotism rules the world over…….

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.12.08 09:02:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    Ag come now just tell us!

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.12.08 09:15:28 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 22) :

    I can’t find it in print anywhere so can’t confirm it at the moment, but his daddy is/was rather high up in the ARU

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.12.08 09:19:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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