SA refs for Africa Gold Cup named
By Eric Njiru | Wed 16 May, 2018 14:25

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.

In a statement sent by APO News Group, Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rasta Rasivhenge and Egon Seconds, have been nominated to take charge of the forthcoming Africa Gold Cup Test matches.
Jadezweni took charge of clashes between Kenya and Hong Kong as well as Germany in 2017.

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.

Ref allocations
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

Eric Njiru
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