Jacobs on 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby ref panel
February 04, 2019
South African referee AJ Jacobs is one of two new match officials who were on Monday included on the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby panel.

The 15-man referee team comprises an excellent mix of experienced international referees, several referees with one or two years’ Vodacom Super Rugby behind them and some emerging referee talent in the form of Jacobs and Australian Damon Murphy.

Jacobs joins Jaco Peyer – the most experienced referee on the list – Rasta Rasivhenge, Egon Seconds and Marius van der Westhuizen as one of five South Africans on the referee panel. There are also six referees from New Zealand, three from Australia and one from Argentina on the panel.

Following a comprehensive review of match official performances in 2018 and to ensure continued growth in the referee team performance, the team has been reduced from 17 to 15 referees.

Another outcome from the review will see all match referees, assistant referees and television match official (TMO) appointments being made by SANZAAR.

When required, due to logistical and operational requirements, SANZAAR will utilise match officials from outside the team of 15 that allows for the development of local talent.

2019 Vodacom Super Rugby Referee Team (Referee/Country/Super Rugby Matches)

Federico Anselmi Argentina 14
Nic Berry Australia 21
Nick Briant New Zealand 50
Mike Fraser New Zealand 48
Angus Gardner Australia 62
AJ Jacobs South Africa 0
Glen Jackson New Zealand 77
Ben O’Keeffe New Zealand 36
Jaco Peyper South Africa 95
Brendon Pickerill New Zealand 18
Rasta Rasivhenge South Africa 15
Egon Seconds South Africa 10
Marius van der Westhuizen South Africa 35
Paul Williams New Zealand 19
Damon Murphy Australia 0

The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, July 20 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, July 27 2019
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, August 10 2019
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, August 17 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
RWC Warm-up game
Friday, September 06 2019
00:00 - Japan vs South Africa
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama
Rugby World Cup
Saturday, September 21 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs New Zealand
International Stadium, Yokohama
Saturday, September 28 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Namibia
City of Toyota Stadium
Friday, October 04 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Italy
Shizuoka Stadium
Tuesday, October 08 2019
12:15 - South Africa vs Canada
Kobe Misaki Stadium

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