Tappe Henning appointed URC's Head of Match Officials
NEWS: Tappe Henning has been appointed Head of Match Officials for the United Rugby Championship.
The South African is eager to spearhead a ‘collaborative approach’ between referees and coaches to encourage positive play.
Henning succeeds Greg Garner, who served as the league’s Elite Referee Manager since 2017 and will be responsible for overseeing match official selections for URC fixtures, leading the review and analysis process alongside the five union referee managers from across the URC and identifying new refereeing talent.
Henning, 60, has an extensive pedigree in the field of refereeing and rugby administration. His most recent role was with Scottish Rugby as the union’s Referee Commissioner having previously held a similar position at SA Rugby prior to 2013.
An accomplished international referee, Henning was in charge for 14 Test matches and was named to the match officials panel for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. At the age of 34 he became the youngest referee of a Currie Cup Final in 1995 and went on to whistle the 1997 Super Rugby Final between the Blues and the Brumbies.
David Jordan, Tournament Director, United Rugby Championship, said: “After a very thorough process we very pleased to have appointed Tappe Henning as our Head of Match Officials. Tappe’s CV provides him with a balance of experience that is very unique and well catered to the United Rugby Championship, given that he has refereed at the highest levels in South Africa and in Super Rugby and due to his eight years with Scottish Rugby he has a full knowledge of our landscape in the north and how our match official process functions.
“This is a very challenging role and we know Tappe is very eager to build upon the foundations laid in place by his predecessors Ed Morrison and, most recently, Greg Garner.”
Henning added: “I am extremely excited about the cross-hemisphere competition of the United Rugby Championship and the goal of bringing together north and south to create a collaborative approach which will encourage positive play.
“With so many different styles of play in the URC it will require a big effort from myself, our match officials, the clubs and their coaches to mutually agree on our core principals so everyone knows what to expect. With a partnership based on mutual respect towards the different rugby cultures and playing styles – coaches and match officials can work towards a product that will be unique to the rugby world.”