- 9 new referees, together with three feminine match officers, promoted to SA Nationwide Panel
- Former WR Referee of 12 months, Rasta Rasivhenge misses out
- Archie Sehlako joins TMO group, Mpho Matsaung is added to the referee teaching group
SA Rugby have revealed their 2023 match official panels, together with three new feminine referees who’ve been promoted to the nationwide refereeing group.
Ashley Murray-Pretorius, Sinesipho Foloti and Giana Viljoen (pic left) be part of Rugby World Cup referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron on the prime of the home refereeing construction, that means they are going to be in line to officiate at Currie Cup stage in future.
Additionally becoming a member of the three women on the nationwide panel are Jonathan Lottering, Hanro van Rooyen, Hernus Coetzee, Zukile Madikizela, JD de Meyer and Lulutho Matomela because the nationwide panel underwent a post-COVID overhaul. Siyanda Ketse and Aneka Fick have been promoted to the ladies’s panel.
“After two years of delays as a result of COVID-pandemic, we kicked off with a profitable referee expertise identification programme in all 14 provinces,” stated Banks Yantolo, SA Rugby Referees Supervisor, following the division’s annual choice and grading conferences.
“We invited the highest performers to the varied SA Rugby Youth Weeks for intensive teaching and enhancement, and the inclusion of the subsequent technology of younger women and men’s referees onto the panels attest to the success of this programme.”
Different adjustments to the panels are that Archie Sehlako has moved over to the TMO group and Mpho Matsaung has joined the referee teaching constructions, whereas Bulelani Naka (work commitments) and Rasta Rasivhenge (contract has come to an finish) weren’t included for 2023.
SA Rugby Match Official Panels for 2023 (names in alphabetical order):
Nationwide Panel: ChristopherAllison, Aimee Barrett-Theron, Johre Botha, Hernus Coetzee, Griffin Colby, JD de Meyer, Morne Ferreira, Sinesipho Foloti, Stephan Geldenhuys, AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni, Jonathan Lottering, Zukile Madikizela, Lulutho Matomela, Pumzile Mbewu, Ruhan Meiring, Paul Mente, Vusi Msibi, Sean Muller, Ashleigh Murray-Pretorius, Dylen November, Jaco Peyper, Marius van der Westhuizen, Hanro van Rooyen, Giana Viljoen.
Girls’s Panel: Angelic Bezuidenhout, Cameron Dyers, Aneka Fick, Yohane Halgryn, Siyanda Ketse, Maria Mabote, Tshepi Maropa, Akhona Mngcolomba, Siyanda Pikoli, Zoe Naude, Bulela Qwane.
TMO Panel: Ben Crouse, Christie du Preez, Quinton Immelman, Marius Jonker, Archie Sehlako, Egon Seconds.
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