15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Springbok Sevens happy to be at home http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/springbok-sevens-happy-to-be-at-home/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/springbok-sevens-happy-to-be-at-home/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:58:37 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59357 Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, on Thursday said his team loves playing in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament, despite the massive expectations from the home crowd.

According to the coach, the team treasure the opportunity to play in front of their home crowd.

“It is massive for us, the team picks up energy from the crowd and that helps them. Playing in Cape Town also gives us a chance to play in front of our family, friends and South African fans. That is something we will always treasure,” the coach said.

Powell earlier in the day named the same squad of thirteen players that travelled to Dubai last weekend to play in Cape Town this weekend.

The team is:

  1. Chris Dry (53 tournaments, 370 points)
  2. Philip Snyman (captain, 38, 221)
  3. Dylan Sage (8, 40)
  4. Kwagga Smith (25, 255)
  5. Werner Kok (20, 225)
  6. Kyle Brown (57, 390)
  7. Branco du Preez (46, 901)
  8. Rosko Specman (14, 179)
  9. Justin Geduld (26, 583)
  10. Cecil Afrika (46, 1144)
  11. Ruhan Nel (12, 115)
  12. Seabelo Senatla (30, 840)
  13. Siviwe Soyizwapi (3, 30)*

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Springbok Sevens unchanged for Cape Town showdown http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/springbok-sevens-unchanged-for-cape-town-showdown/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/springbok-sevens-unchanged-for-cape-town-showdown/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:45:56 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59355 Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Thursday stuck with the tried and tested squad that won in Dubai last weekend for the second edition of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament, to be played at the Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

The 12 players that were crowned champions of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens last Saturday, will again start in Cape Town, with Siviwe Soyizwapi the reserve player that will replace any injured Blitzbok during the tournament for the second week in a row.

The South Africans are looking to defend the title they won in last year’s inaugural tournament, as well as a fourth consecutive title at home, after also winning the last two tournaments hosted in Port Elizabeth in 2013 and 2014.

With a combined total of 375 tournament caps, the Blitzbok squad is the most experienced amongst the 16 contenders for the Cape Town title.

“We are fortunate to be able to again field an experienced squad,” Powell said.

“There were niggles from Dubai, but those were expected as the guys have not played for a couple of months. Luckily for us, we came back from Dubai without any serious injuries and lots of belief in our systems.”

Powell introduced some special measures this week to try and re-focus the team’s goals and mindset.

“We had to start from scratch again. The players are experienced enough to be able to do that themselves, so I hope the triggers we provided will be successful,” said Powell.

South Africa will face Russia, USA and Australia in Pool A on a tough opening day.

“We need to be sharp on Saturday, as it is a dangerous pool, with all three teams capable of beating a more favourite team. The fact that we play at home will lift the players, no doubt, but we cannot just rock up and expect the crowd to motivate us and win the games for us with their support. We need to deliver and get them in the game,” Powell said.

Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, admitted that expectations at home are always huge.

“We realise our fans are looking at us to deliver the goods and we want nothing else,” said Snyman. “We only have this great opportunity to play at home once every year and are determined to give it our best shot. We will not leave anything out there.”

The Springbok Sevens team is:

  1. Chris Dry (53 tournaments, 370 points)
  2. Philip Snyman (captain, 38, 221)
  3. Dylan Sage (8, 40)
  4. Kwagga Smith (25, 255)
  5. Werner Kok (20, 225)
  6. Kyle Brown (46, 390)
  7. Branco du Preez (46, 901)
  8. Rosko Specman (14, 179)
  9. Justin Geduld (26, 583)
  10. Cecil Afrika (46, 1144)
  11. Ruhan Nel (12, 115)
  12. Seabelo Senatla (30, 840)
  13. Siviwe Soyizwapi (3, 30)*


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HSBC Cape Town Sevens – what you HAVE to know http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/hsbc-cape-town-sevens-what-you-have-to-know-2/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/hsbc-cape-town-sevens-what-you-have-to-know-2/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:49:45 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59353 Cape Town is abuzz with rugby action this week in the build-up to the highly-anticipated HSBC Cape Town Sevens. If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday. Attached to this email is a Cape Town Stadium map.

Is it really sold out?

Yes, all tickets for the event are sold out.

Where can I park?

The best place to park would be in the CBD (south of Buitengracht Street) and then to take a free shuttle to the Stadium from the Civic Centre or Thibault Square stations. There will be no public parking available at Cape Town Stadium and exit from other parking facilities close to the venue will take a lot of time at the end of play on each day.

Are any roads closed?

  • Granger Bay Blvd
  • Vlei Road
  • Fritz Sonnenberg Road

Can I use public transport to get there?

MyCiti Bus will be servicing free rides from the Civic Centre and Thibault Square Station to the Cape Town Stadium and back. Please present your match day ticket in order to access this free service.

The first bus will depart from the Civic Centre at 09h00 and the last bus departs from the Stadium at 21h15. Normal MyCiti services can however only be accessed with the MyConnect card, where standard fare applies.

What about the children?

SA Rugby Kiddies Village will be running from 11h00 to 19h00 on both days of the tournament. Entrance is free for all children between the ages of two up to and including 10.

What if I run out of cash?

ATM machines will be stationed on the stadium concourse.

What about food and drinks?

  • Food Lovers Market
  • SAB Castle Lager Beer Garden
  • Variety of food trucks selling snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

And if I don’t want to dress fancy?

There will be two retail stalls selling Cape Town Sevens rugby merchandise – situated inside the concourse area.

What’s NOT allowed into the stadium?

  • Any food or beverages brought outside
  • Any musical instruments (such as vuvuzelas)
  • Any illegal substances
  • Firearms and other weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Umbrellas

General information:

  • Gates open every morning at 09h00
  • Day one – first pool match kicks off at 10h15 and the last match at 19h56
  • Day two – first knock-out match kicks off at 10h36 and the Cup final will start at 19h30
  • Trophy presentation at 20h00

What time do the Blitzboks play on Saturday?

  • 12h49 against Russia (match 8)
  • 16h10 against USA (match 16)
  • 19h56 against Australia (match 24, final encounter of the day)

What other entertainment can we expect?


  • Black Ties (13h31)
  • Battle of the DJ’s (18h24)


  • Cape Town’s Finest (13h38)

For all emergencies at the HSBC Cape Town 7s tournament please contact the emergency line on 021 430 7389

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BNZ Crusaders and All Stars teams named for Charity Cricket http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/bnz-crusaders-and-all-stars-teams-named-for-charity-cricket/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/bnz-crusaders-and-all-stars-teams-named-for-charity-cricket/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:46:16 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59351 A team of BNZ Crusaders players will take on an All Stars team packed with Olympic talent at the 34th Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand (CFNZ) Charity Cricket match this Sunday.

Halfback Mitchell Drummond will captain the Crusaders team in the 20/20 match, as they aim to repeat last year’s win.  This year they will take on an All Stars team led by Olympic bronze medallist Tom Walsh, who will swap his shotput for a cricket bat.  He is joined by Rugby Sevens star Sam Dickson, four-times Olympian javelin thrower Stu Farquhar, shot putter Dale Stevenson, hockey Olympian Bradley Shaw, Paralympians Rory McSweeney, Byron Raubenheimer and William Stedman, former Crusader Cameron McIntyre, as well as some past cricket talent in Chris Harris, Debbie Hockley, Kirsty Bond, and future cricket stars Louie Chapman and Ben Donkers from the Christchurch Boys High School First XI.

In addition to the cricket and the chance to meet some of the region’s top sporting talent, the free family day out also includes bouncy castles, autograph signings, kapa haka, a charity auction, a lucky balloon fundraiser, and a children’s cricket academy.  All funds raised go to supporting CFNZ’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families.  Last year’s event raised $21,000 for CFNZ.

The event runs from 11am – 3pm this Sunday 11 December at Christchurch Boys’ High School.

BNZ Crusaders cricket team:

  1.  Pete Samu
  2.  David Havili
  3.  Richie Mo’unga
  4.  Bryn Hall
  5.  Mitchell Drummond (Captain)
  6.  Tim Bateman
  7.  Jed Brown
  8.  Mitch Hunt
  9.  Jack Goodhue
  10. George Bridge
  11. Quin Strange

12. Leon Fukofuka

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Sir Colin Meads statue for Te Kuiti http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/sir-colin-meads-statue-for-te-kuiti/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/sir-colin-meads-statue-for-te-kuiti/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:41:47 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59349 Colin Meads has always been larger than life – on and off the field. The All Black great, now aged 80, has received hundreds of accolades in his life. But in his hometown of Te Kuiti – whose tagline is ‘Where legends are made’ – he has yet to be immortalised.

That is until now.

The legendary knight, who played 133 games for the All Blacks from 1957-1971 and was named ‘Player of The Century’ in 1999, has always been a no fuss, no bother, kinda bloke.

It is this attitude that has made him so beloved by rugby fans the world over, and indeed by locals who know him well for his humble down-to-earth nature.

So it’s no surprise his initial reaction to a team currently working on a 1.5 x life-size bronze statue to be erected in Te Kuiti’s main street would be why would people want to see it. An understatement that is so typical of Sir Colin.

New Zealand Rugby
However, the reaction from rugby’s national body is quite the opposite.

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey says “This project is a fantastic idea and a great way for Te Kuiti to celebrate one of their own.

“It goes without saying that Sir Colin is one of New Zealand’s special treasures – both as an All Black, but also as a great example of what it means to be a New Zealander.

“What we love about Sir Colin is that despite the international recognition and praise heaped on him, he just considers himself to be a guy from Te Kuiti.

“One might suspect that he’ll be none pleased about this fuss, but even he will have to admit the statue will be a great attraction for tourists coming over for the British and Irish Lions tour next year, and that’s got to be great for Te Kuiti.”

Well overdue
Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna, who has been a driving force behind getting the statue project off the ground, is very pleased the man known the world over as Pinetree will soon be immortalised.

“This will be a fantastic tribute to our most famous legend.

“It is great New Zealand Rugby is right behind this opportunity to pay homage to Sir Colin, in the rightful place – his hometown.

“A statue of Sir Colin is well overdue.”

Auckland Artist
It will be made by Natalie Stamilla, the Auckland artist responsible for the bronze statue of All Black great Michael Jones scoring the first try in the opening game of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, which is in pride of place at Eden Park.

“I’m thrilled to have been asked to create a sculpture of the Player of the Century, Sir Colin,” she says.

“The committee working on this has come up with a magnificent way to honour one of rugby’s real legends and I’m excited to be a part of it.

“It will preserve his legacy for many generations to come.”

Standing 2.9 metres high, the sculpture, which will depict Sir Colin at the pinnacle of his All Black career, is 150% greater than life-size and will weigh close to a tonne.

Funding sought
Led by the town’s development committee – Legendary Te Kuiti (LTK) – whose mission is to make the small rural North King Country town a legendary place to live, work and play – the project team is now seeking additional funding for the statue.

LTK project manager Yvette Ronaldson say: “This statue is costing a significant amount and we are appealing to the New Zealand public to help us fund it.

“It’s the Kiwi way for communities to get behind these types of projects and this is certainly one of the special ones, significant for many New Zealanders.

“Not only is Sir Colin iconic in terms of rugby, he has given so much to the Te Kuiti community and the country for many years.

“His support of a huge variety of charities alone is immeasurable.

“We believe it is now time for us as a town and a country, to pay homage to him, to thank him.”

It is planned to unveil the statue to coincide with the British and Irish Lions tour in June.

An exhibition of memorabilia from the Meads brothers – Sir Colin and Stan – will be opened to the public at the same time.

“Our goal is to turn this project into a major attraction for Te Kuiti, and our wider district alike,” says Mr Hanna.

“The significant tourist numbers expected for the Lions tour – 20,000 plus with the vast majority to be based in the North Island – is the perfect opportunity to open the Meads exhibition to not only New Zealanders but the rugby world.

“It is also great to have the support of the wider Meads family, who are pleased to share the amazing collection of rugby memorabilia collected over many years with the New Zealand and international public.”

Mr Hanna says the statue and exhibition will be of economic benefit to Te Kuiti in attracting visitors to the region, as well as honouring the country’s greatest All Black for all time.

He is hopeful additional funding will be forthcoming.

“We are on our way with this project, but do need more financial support to see it through.

“So I am hopeful the national business and private sector will get behind us.”

Details available on www.facebook.com/tekuiti/legends

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Blitzbok players praise crowd support in Cape Town http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/blitzbok-players-praise-crowd-support-in-cape-town/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/blitzbok-players-praise-crowd-support-in-cape-town/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:33:52 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59347 Springbok Sevens backline player Justin Geduld said the playing in front of a vociferous home crowd at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament on Saturday and Sunday will help motivate the side to play to the best of their abilities.

Geduld and his teammates attended a signing session at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday afternoon and the good interest from a large crowd were good for the team to see, the player said.

“Knowing that the crowd is behind you helps a lot as all we have to do, is to go out there, do our best and make them proud,” said Geduld.

“The crowd will have expectations, for sure, but we can’t for kick-off. We need to start all over and not expect last weekend’s results to help us this week. We need to build a new innings again.”

Springbok Sevens forward Kwagga Smith agreed with Geduld and said that the crowd support gives the team energy: “You can feel it when you run onto the field. We love spending time with our fans. They give their time to come and see us play, so we don’t mind giving back some of our own time to the fans.”

Dylan Sage, who made his Springbok Sevens debut in Cape Town last year, cannot wait for the tournament to start.

“It is fantastic to have all the people here and obviously it is great for us,” said Sage. “We are keen to keep the momentum we picked up last weekend. It is always nice and exciting to play at home, so we cannot wait.”


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KRU Mourns Ogeto Gecheo http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/kru-mourns-ogeto-gecheo/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/kru-mourns-ogeto-gecheo/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:57:25 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59345 The Kenya Rugby Union joins the entire rugby fraternity in mourning the death of Ogeto Gecheo, a player with the Nondescripts Rugby Football Club.

OG, as he was popularly referred to, sustained a neck injury while making a tackle during his side’s Kenya Cup clash away to the Strathmore Leos in Madaraka on Saturday 3 December 2016.

He resultantly slipped a disc in his neck resulting in spinal damage and  was rushed to Aga Khan University Hospital where he underwent surgery  in the early hours of Sunday to insert plates on his vertebral column.

The procedure was largely successful with OG regaining sensation and motion in his upper body and was scheduled to start physiotherapy immediately on advice from the surgical team at the hospital.

He, unfortunately, developed breathing complications early Tuesday morning and was pronounced dead at 0300 hours.

His immediate family, which includes his elder brother Auka who is the club chairman at Nondescripts and the entire Kenyan rugby community are still coming to terms with the loss of a young and promising player who destined for great things.

While OG’s death is a most unfortunate incident, it is important to note that the  Kenya Rugby Union gives the highest priority to player safety and indeed, Saturday’s fixture would not have been allowed to take place in the absence  of the laid down safety regulations that call for the presence of a fully equipped ambulance on standby at the match venue as well as qualified match day and team medics.

In his honour, a minute of silence will be observed before kickoff across all leagues on Saturday 10 December 2016.

OG will be laid to rest at the family home in Njoro on December 13, and as plans for the burial are finalised, friends and family are meeting at the Gecheo residence in Loresho daily from 6PM.

OG’s body is at the Lee Funeral Home. Those wishing to view can do so from 10am today.

His club side Nondescripts will hold a remembrance touch rugby function at the Jamhuri ASK show grounds this Friday from 2pm open to the Kenya rugby fraternity followed by tributes from family, friends and players. The event will also double up as a fundraiser to help the family meet the send-off costs.

Additionally, Mpesa donations can be sent to the following number 0727 748290. Any amount will be appreciated.

The Kenya Rugby Union stands with the Gecheo family as well as the Nondescripts fraternity at this time.

May O.G’s soul rest in peace.

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Local coaches plot SA Rugby conditioning strategy http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/local-coaches-plot-sa-rugby-conditioning-strategy/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/local-coaches-plot-sa-rugby-conditioning-strategy/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:52:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59343 The first steps towards the implementation of a unified performance enhancement strategy were the main outcome of the SA Rugby conditioning workshop held in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The members of the workshop agreed to establish physical preparation standards of players, the continuous monitoring of players and also the management of player training loads.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, together with Springbok strength and conditioning coach Dr Warren Adams, and other senior SA Rugby staff, attended the performance enhancement workshop along with strength and conditioning coaches of the six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises at SA Rugby headquarters in Plattekloof.

The following franchise strength and conditioning coaches met with Coetzee and his members of his coaching staff on Wednesday, were Stephan du Toit (DHL Stormers), Johan Pretorius (Cell C Sharks), Quintin Kruger (Toyota Cheetahs), Ivan van Rooyen (Emirates Lions), Nadus Nieuwoudt (Southern Kings) and Henri-Charl Terblanche (Vodacom Bulls).

The ground-breaking coaches’ indaba, which was hosted in Cape Town two months ago, was designed to plot a new direction for Springbok rugby and one of the upshots of that gathering was to host a workshop to specifically discuss the conditioning of the players based in South Africa.

The workshop was facilitated by Sean Surmon, who is head of High Performance at Maties Sport. Dr Adams will now table the outcomes of the conditioning workshop for discussion at the next coaches’ indaba, which takes place on Monday, 12 December, in Cape Town.

Coetzee described the meeting as very productive and confirmed there will be continuous collaborative interactions throughout next year.

“I am very excited about the expertise that was evident from everyone that attended the workshop. We will now present the very positive outcomes of the workshop at next week’s Coaches’ Indaba,” said Coetzee.

“The conditioning workshop followed on a meeting between SA Rugby and the doctors of the Vodacom Super Rugby franchise teams, held last week, where they discussed injury prevention, management and player welfare strategies.”

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Craig Joubert retires from 15s refereeing to take up “dream job” with World Rugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/craig-joubert-retires-from-15s-refereeing-to-take-up-dream-job-with-world-rugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/craig-joubert-retires-from-15s-refereeing-to-take-up-dream-job-with-world-rugby/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:44:52 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59341 SA Rugby Test referee Craig Joubert on Wednesday announced his retirement from 15-a-side refereeing to take up his “dream job”, developing elite young match officials.

Joubert, 39, has accepted a new position with World Rugby as a “Referee Talent Development Coach”, to help identify and develop the next crop of top men’s and women’s referees in both sevens and 15s. This full-time position, which was globally advertised, will involve coaching and be mentoring referees on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit, where Joubert will continue to officiate.

Joubert refereed his 68th and 69th Test matches during the November international window and will take up his new position immediately in the New Year.

“This was not a decision I took lightly given the obvious lure of possibly refereeing the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand next year as well as the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019,” said Joubert.

“However, the opportunity to make a difference in other peoples’ careers and lives is something which I’m excited about. It really is a dream job. Over the past few years I have taken Rasta Rasivhenge under my wing and have mentored and coached him and it has been enormously rewarding to see him grow as a person and as a referee.

“This position gives me the opportunity to play a more formal role in sharing my experiences and developing referees and to have a positive influence on the lives and careers of other young referees.

“I am also thrilled that I will continue to referee on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as we build our team of referees towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I love the Sevens environment and being a part of this very special team.”

Joubert refereed the 2011 Rugby World Cup final as well as more than a century of Vodacom Super Rugby matches and 80 Currie Cup matches, including five finals between the two competitions.  He has also refereed 25 World Sevens series tournaments including 11 finals and the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens final. He was also part of the refereeing team at the Rio Olympics Rugby Sevens competition.

Mr Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, paid tribute to Joubert and his 12-year career with the organisation.

“Craig has been both an outstanding referee and a role model for aspiring young match officials since the day he burst onto the scene while still in his 20s,” said Mr Alexander.

“His calm, unflappable demeanour both on and off the field have been one of his hallmarks in conjunction with the clear and consistent way in which he has applied the Laws and worked with players to allow them to express themselves.

“South Africa has been blessed with outstanding referees in the professional era and Craig is at the very top of the tree. He is the perfect role model for rising young referees and, as very sad as we are to see him go out of the 15-man game, we know he will be a considerable asset to officiating the world over following this appointment.

“We are sure he will be highly successful in his new role and wish him every success in this new stage of his career.”

World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chairman Anthony Buchanan said: “I would like to thank Craig for his dedication and service throughout a wonderful refereeing career. He has been a world-class referee for many years now and has officiated at the very highest levels of the game in both 15s and sevens. It has been a pleasure to work with him during his active refereeing career and I have no doubt he will continue to contribute to the game in his new position. I expect his vast experience and his extensive knowledge of the game to be a huge asset to us as we continue to develop the world’s top match officials.”

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Barrett-Theron continues to break ground in referee circles http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/barrett-theron-continues-to-break-ground-in-referee-circles/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/12/barrett-theron-continues-to-break-ground-in-referee-circles/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:06:15 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59338 Top female referee Aimee Barrett-Theron, the first female to be included on the SA Rugby National men’s panel, will continue to break new ground when she makes Women’s Test debut later this month.

Barrett-Theron was included on SA Rugby’s National B Panel alongside the likes of Ben Crouse, Oregopotse Rametsi, Archie Sehlako, Lourens van der Merwe and Jaco Pretorius for the first time. This means that she will be eligible to officiate matches in the SA Rugby U21 Championship, a vast step-up from last year when she was included on the women’s panel.

She will make her Test debut in the Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifier between Japan and Fiji in Japan on Tuesday 13, December. These achievements follow a rewarding year in which she was named as the only female South African referee to officiate matches at the Rio Olympic Games, she was named on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series referee panel, and served as an Assistant Referee in a Currie Cup match between Boland and the Cell C Sharks in Wellington.

Barrett-Theron also took charge of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial final between Border and Western Province in East London in September.

“We are very proud of Aimee,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. “She is setting an example for referees across the world, and her achievements prove that anything is possible with the right attitude and determination.

“One of our objectives at SA Rugby is to continue to produce top-class referees, and Aimee has certainly lived up to those standards as she advanced through the ranks over the last few years. She also has to meet the same fitness standards as her male counterparts, and she does so with ease.”

Barrett-Theron was delighted with her latest achievements and said: “It has been an incredible year in my refereeing career, and being the first female to appear on a men’s national panel and to have the honour of officiating my first Test is the cherry on top.

“These are certainly great achievements, however, the most important factor is that I am living my dream and I hope to build on this in the years to come.”

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