Richard Ferguson

SA referees make the grade

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2011 on 8 Apr 2011 at 20:02
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Jonathan Kaplan, Craig Joubert and Shaun Veldsman have been selected by the IRB to do duty at the 2011 Rugby World Cup that takes place in New Zealand later in the year. Marius Jonker and Mark Lawrence missed out on selection for the tournament.

André Watson, SARU’s Manager of Referees and previously a referee in World Cups himself, said it was an amazing achievement for South Africa to have 2 of the 10 referees come from South Africa.

Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan are 2 of the referees that are going to be doing duty and Shaun Veldsman will go as a dedicated TMO.

Only South Africa, England and Ireland have two referees each on the panel. The four other referees are from New Zealand, Australia, France and Wales.

Apart from Kaplan and Joubert, the other referees selected for RWC duty are Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand) Steve Walsh (Australia), Wayne Barnes (England), Dave Pearson (England), Alain Rolland (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland), Romain Poite (France) and Nigel Owens (Wales).


  • Well done SA Refs :mrgreen:

    you must of all did sth to impress the IRB 🙂 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.04.11 20:21:47 by chaz Reply
  • I’m no expert but I think Mark Lawrence deserves to be there more than Kaplan does.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.04.11 20:35:13 by Ben Reply
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  • The Aussie no.1 is actually a NZer. I wonder if Stuart Dickinson offered to buy him a drink when the selection news broke?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.04.11 20:40:43 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : Who reffed the Sharks vs Crusaders game?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.04.11 20:42:14 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 4) : Walsh

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.04.11 20:47:37 by war1 Reply
  • I’m glad Marius Joubert didn’t make the cut. That means he can play for the Sharks in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.04.11 20:48:51 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 5) : Thanks, don’t like that chap at all.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.04.11 20:50:14 by Ben Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: thank goodness! Wonder if Marius Jonker made the cut then? 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.04.11 20:51:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : He didn’t either which was obviously what was meant there at the end of the first paragraph.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.11 21:00:36 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 9) : I was being sarcastic. Smiley at the end of my comment.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.04.11 21:03:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 6) : I’ve fixed it now. 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.04.11 04:35:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I am very surprised that Lawrence has AGAIN not made it. What must the guy do to get there, he got screwed in 2007 as well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.04.11 04:36:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Assistant Referees
    Garces, Jerome (FFR)
    Pollock, Chris (NZRU)

    McDowell, Simon (IRFU)
    Munro, Vinny (NZRU)
    Terheege, Stuart (RFU)
    Hayes, Tim (WRU)
    Damasco, Carlo (FIR)

    The 1st two are reserve referees should any of the Referees have to withdraw from the tournament.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.04.11 04:38:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Tri-Nations appointments.

    23-Jul-11 Australia v South Africa – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
    C Pollock
    K Brown
    V Munro

    30-Jul-11 New Zealand v South Africa – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    A Rolland
    P Fitzgibbon
    J Leckie

    06-Aug-11 New Zealand v Australia – Eden Park, Auckland
    C Joubert
    M Jonker
    C Du Preez

    13-Aug-11 South Africa v Australia – Kings Park, Durban
    B Lawrence
    G Clancy
    C Damasco

    20-Aug-11 South Africa v New Zealand – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
    G Clancy
    A Small
    C Damasco

    27-Aug-11 Australia v New Zealand – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    W Barnes
    C Joubert
    C Wessels

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.04.11 04:48:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SBW on his unpunished shoulder charge…

    Having been clocked by Williams, Kankowski appeared in need of a standing eight count in London last month. As he lay squirming on the Twickenham turf it seemed as if he had either run into an invisible
    100,000-volt electric wire or a
    short jab from the Crusaders
    second five-eighth. Then the TV
    replays revealed he had actually collected the point of Williams’ shoulder in his chest.

    For those who watched Williams
    during his league career, his
    shoulder charges were one of
    those rare treats that brought fans to their feet, sent stars spinning behind opponents ’ eyes and dentists rushing for their phone numbers.

    The only problem is they are
    illegal in rugby. So when Williams unleashed another soon after the Kankowski “hit”, and accidentally nailed Owen Franks instead, it was of little surprise referee Steve
    Walsh exercised his lecture finger. Any more of that, commanded
    Walsh, and you are a goner.

    Williams reckons he has had his
    fun for the season and that it was just Kankowski ’s misfortune to cop it.

    “After I did that shoulder charge I was just pumped and a minute
    later I went in for another big
    shoulder charge and hit
    `Owie ’ (Owen Franks). Sometimes I get that aggression but I know that is an easy fix. It is just a mindset thing and I am old enough to handle it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.04.11 07:40:44 by Megatron Reply

  • As far as I know, only 2 refs per country is allowed per RWC. I’m sure Jonker and Lawrence would’ve been there if they allowed more.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.04.11 08:42:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : Yeah, I know. Twas for the benefit of the masses.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.04.11 08:52:27 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 17) : 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.04.11 09:03:19 by Ben Reply
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  • This is bad news for us indeed. Jonker would now be involved in the CC, which means the bulls should sneak the semi`s again. 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.04.11 09:23:51 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Agreed

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.04.11 21:04:03 by perran_dw Reply


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