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Referees revealed for Boks' November Tests

NEWS: World Rugby have confirmed the match official panels for the upcoming end-of-year internationals.


Paul Williams (New Zealand) will referee South Africa’s opening Test of their outgoing tour against Wales in Cardiff on November 6, with Angus Gardner (Australia) in charge a week later against Scotland in Edinburgh, and Andrew Brace (Ireland) has been appointed for the final Test of the season when the Boks take on England at Twickenham on November 20.

Meanwhile, South Africa is well represented on the match official panels.

Jaco Peyper has been handed two Tests – Spain v Fiji in Madrid on November 6 and England v Australia in London a week later – while AJ Jacobs will make his Test debut as referee when Romania host Tonga in Bucharest on November 20.

Marius Jonker and Stuart Berry are on the Television Match Official panel for the November Tests, and Jacobs, Morne Ferreira and Ashleigh Murray-Pretorius are on the match official panels for the Emirates Dubai Sevens, on consecutive weekends at the end of November and start of December.

The Springbok Women will have Sara Cox (England) and Clara Munarini (Italy) take the whistle in their Test matches against France (November 6 in Vannes) and Wales (November 13 in Cardiff) respectively.

Aimee Barrett-Theron, who is making her refereeing debut in the United Rugby Championship this weekend, has been appointed to take charge in two big Tests – England v New Zealand in Exeter (October 31) and France v New Zealand in Pau (November 13).


“We are extremely proud of these men and women and wish them well for the big task at hand in the coming months,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Jaco and Aimee have established themselves as two of the best match officials and their appointments are testimony to that, and the same goes for Stuart and Marius, while it’s great for AJ to get his first Test after consistently performing at a very high standard in recent years.

“To be considered at World Rugby level takes a lot of hard work and dedication and we are grateful to have such a big group of internationally acclaimed match officials on our own panels, and is testament to the hard work done by our referees department.”

To view the full match official appointments, click here.


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