Rugby Afrique has named four South African referees to officiate the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that will double up as the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.
The four South African match officials will referee in the nine Tests between Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe from 16 June to 18 August. The matches will be played in Windhoek, Harare, Nairobi and Kampala.
The other six matches have not been allocated referees so far with Rugby Afrique set to do so.
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.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby (SARugby.co.za), 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, and supporting the Rugby Africa by availing our top referees, we are fulfilling that objective.
“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, 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 reward for the hard work put in by these match officials, and show SA Rugby’s commitment to African rugby.
16 June 2018
Zimbabwe v Morocco -Quinton Immelman
Namibia v Uganda -Cwengile Jadezweni
23 June 2018
Namibia v Tunisia -Quinton Immelman
Morocco v Kenya -
30 June 2018
Kenya v Zimbabwe
Morocco v Namibia
7 July 2018
Kenya v Uganda -Quinton Immelman
Tunisia v Zimbabwe
4 August 2018
Uganda v Tunisia -Cwengile Jadezweni
Zimbabwe v Namibia -Egon Seconds
11 August 2018
Uganda v Morocco -Rasta Rasivhenge
Kenya v Tunisia
18 August 2018
Uganda v Zimbabwe -Egon Seconds
Namibia v Kenya -Rasta Rasivhenge
Tunisia v Morocco