Honour for PMB-bred rugby referees

2013-03-29 00:00

YET another honour has fallen to Pietermaritzburg-raised rugby referee Craig Joubert, while another University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus alumnus, Stuart Berry, has also been appointed to a top event on this year’s international calendar.

Joubert, a Maritzburg College product and the 2011 Rugby World Cup final referee, has been named by the International Rugby Board’s match official selection committee to take the whistle in the upcoming Test series in Australia between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies.

Berry, a former head boy of Hillcrest High, is the only South African chosen to officiate at the IRB U20 World Championships in France in June.

The recognition is also a reflection on the good work put in by the Midlands Rugby Referees Sub-Society, where Joubert and Berry learnt their craft, while it’s in the genes as well, as Craig Joubert’s late father, Des Joubert, was a well-known name in KwaZulu-Natal rugby during his own refereeing career.

Joubert completed his business finance studies at UKZN Pietermaritzburg before becoming a professional referee. A polished after-dinner speaker, Joubert was at his entertaining best at the UKZN Rugby Centenary Banquet in 2011.

Berry earned three degrees on the PMB campus of UKZN including a B.Sc Hons in Conservation Studies and more recently an M.Sc. in Hydrology. He started refereeing Varsity third team matches and has graduated through the ranks to significant Varsity Cup and Super Rugby assignments, as well as distinguished performances on the IRB World Sevens Circuit and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Sevens Rugby event in New Delhi, India.

Berry, who has his own promotions and events company, remains active in UKZN alumni affairs, having served on UKZN Rugby’s Centenary Committee, and is well known as a compere at Varsity Shield matches at his alma mater.

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