19 September 2018


SA referees up for Africa Gold Cup rugby test matches

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 18 May 2018

Four South African referees have been nominated to take charge of the forthcoming Africa Gold Cup rugby test matches.
Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rasta Rasivhenge and Egon Seconds will referee in the nine tests between Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe from 16 June to 18 August 2018. 
The matches will be played in Windhoek, Harare, Nairobi and Kampala. Jadezweni has also been appointed to referee the Elgon Cup Test between Uganda and Kenya on Saturday, 26 May in Kampala.
Furthermore, four of South Africa’s best up-and-coming referees will be involved in two Sevens tournaments in the coming months. 
Lusanda Mtiya and Ashleigh Murray will officiate in the Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Gaborone, Botswana, on 26 and 27 May, while they will be joined by Paul Mente and Johre Botha in Swakopmund, Namibia, from 12 to 14 July for the World University Games Rugby Sevens tournament. 
In a statement, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SA Rugby, Jurie Roux, said:  “We have a clear objective to assist with growing the game in the rest of Africa and by sending our best match officials to the various tests and tournaments on the continent. We will also be supporting the Rugby Africa tournament by availing our top referees.
“Our Referees Department recently hosted 10 match officials and referee coaches at a week-long workshop in Stellenbosch, where we assisted with various technical and high-performance concepts around refereeing. By taking hands with our African counterparts and sending our referees to their countries, we also allow the unions to share information and ideas on best practice models in order to further develop and grow the game in their own countries or rugby regions.”
Banks Yantolo, Referee Manager at SA Rugby, said the appointments are just a reward for the hard work put in by these match officials.
“Quinton, Cwengile, Rasta and Egon have picked up a lot of experience in the last season or two and all of them have refereed at test level, which helped with their development as top-class referees. By refereeing in the Gold Cup Africa tournament, which serves as qualification for the Rugby World Cup next year, they will get even more experience at a very high level, which bodes well for the future,” said Yantolo.
Defending champions of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, Namibia, will face Uganda at home while Zimbabwe, led by their new coach and former Springbok star, Peter de Villiers, will play the Moroccan challengers. The winners of the tournament will take on countries that include South Africa at the Rugby World Cup, which is to be held in Japan next year.
Meanwhile, Rugby Africa is officially unveiling the new competition logo. Rugby Africa's Managing Director, Coralie van den Berg, said promoting the union’s events with a new branding identity is a logical step forward as it evolves. 
“We now have seven international competitions that are widely acknowledged in the sporting world. Our objective was to create a strong visual identity to reflect the dynamism and passion of the African rugby fans," van den Berg said. 
President of Rugby Africa, Abdelaziz Bougja said: "This launch inaugurates the 2018 competition season. In total, more than 100 matches will be played in 2018 and the sporting events promise to be thrilling. These new logos and website have been designed for our supporters and I am sure that they will add to their enthusiasm for the Rugby Africa Gold Cup. Good luck to all participants and may the best team win!”. 
Rugby Africa also revealed the new logos for the six other competitions it organises as well as a brand new website accessible at www.RugbyAfrique.com.