Super Seconds off to Tokyo

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:20
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Egon Seconds, a Super Rugby star turned referee, has been appointed to referee his first Super rugby match - Tokyo.

SANZAAR has announced the referees appointed to the first round of Super Rugby matches, which starts of Thursday this week. seconds will make his debut on Saturday when the Sunwolves play the titleholding Hurricanes at Prince Chichibu Stadium. He has by far the longest journey this week but he will not be alone, for he will have Marius van der Westhuizen with him.

The man to blow the whistle to start Super Rugby 2017 is Angus Gardner of Australia who will be in Melbourne when the Rebels play the Blues. His last big appointment was in the Six Nations.

All 18 teams are in action for the opening round.

Match Officials, Round 1

Thursday 23 February 2017
Rebels vs Blues at AAMI Park, Melbourne
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Will Houston (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)

Friday 24 February 2017
Highlanders vs Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Television match official: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Reds vs Sharks at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Saturday 25 February 2017
Sunwolves vs Hurricanes at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Akihisa Aso (Japan)
Television match official: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

Crusaders vs Brumbies at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Waratahs vs Force at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)

Cheetahs vs Lions at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Kings vs Jaguares at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Stormers vs Bulls at Newlands
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)