Three SA Referees appointed by IRB
Three South African referees, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, and Lourens van der Merwe, have been appointed to officiate during the upcoming international in Europe during November.
Peyper has been handed two Tests. The first is between Romania and Japan in Bucharest on November 10. Two weeks later he will referee the match between Ireland and Argentina in Dublin.
Van der Merwe also received two Test appointments - first he has Canada against Russia in Colwyn Bay, Wales on November 17, and a week later he will be in Florence, where Italy take on Australia.
Joubert has been appointed to referee the match between the winners of the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship when Wales host New Zealand in Cardiff on November 24.
All three South Africans will also be used as assistant referees during the month.
"We are very proud to see South Africa continue our long standing tradition of producing top-class referees and I think these appointments prove this," said Andre Watson, general manager of referees at the SA Rugby Union.
"Craig and Jaco recently did very well in the Castle Rugby Championship and Lourens is starting to make his mark on the international stage. I'm very happy to see them getting the recognition they deserve.
"It is good to see new SA referees on the IRB scene and it proves that the succession planning and processes are paying off in replacing the legendary referees we have had serving the IRB in recent years."
The International Rugby Board also announced the Springboks' three Tests will be handled by Wayne Barnes of England (against Ireland in Dublin on November 10), Ireland's George Clancy (Scotland in Edinburgh on November 17) and the experienced Welshman Nigel Owens (England in London on November 24).
All three of Barnes, Clancy and Owens have refereed the Springboks in Tests so far in 2012.