SA Rugby has finalised its 22-person strong match officials panel for 2022 and includes the likes of Jaco Peyper, Rasta Rasivhenge and Aimee Barrett-Theron.
Stuart Berry and Ben Crouse will focus their attention on Television Match Officials (TMO) duties, while Jaco Pretorius will be hanging up his whistle.
The national panel was selected following a virtual selection and grading meeting by the SA Rugby Referees Department and the South African Rugby Referees Association Executive, for what will be a very busy local season next year.
SA Rugby referees manager Banks Yantolo praised South African match officials for their role locally and on the international stage, as well as his department for the hard work they were doing behind the scenes to ensure referees perform to international standards.
"We consistently deliver some of the best match officials in the world, but there is also a steady stream of young men and women match officials who are identified and developed with the future in mind," said Yantolo.
"Our three-year plan implemented in 2019 has run its course; we had a very good and productive session where the state of SA match officials was discussed, and we are very excited about 2022."
Furthermore, four match officials were promoted from a women’s referees recruitment drive (which was funded by the Department: Sport, Arts and Culture and organised by SA Rugby just before lockdown in March 2020); they are: Akhona Mncolomba, Zoe Naude, Yohane Halgryn and Tshepi Moropa.
"Our structures have always given us a tremendous sense of pride and achievement and it continues to do so, with our men and women referees featuring prominently on the international stage, while a lot of younger referees identified a couple of years ago, are now coming of age," added Yantolo.
Panels were not named for 2021, due to the stop-start nature of the local season.
National Panel: Christopher Allison, Aimee Barrett-Theron, Johre Botha, Griffin Colby, Morne Ferreira, Stephan Geldenhuys, AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni, Jaco Kotze, Mpho Matsaung, Pumzile Mbewu, Ruhan Meiring, Paul Mente, Vusi Msibi, Sean Muller, Bulelani Naka, Dylen November, Jaco Peyper, Rasta Rasivhenge, Archie Sehlako, Divan Uys, Marius van der Westhuizen.
Women’s Panel: Angelic Bezuidenhout, Cameron Dyers, Yohane Halgryn, Maria Mabote, Siyanda Pikoli, Akhona Mncolomba, Ashleigh Murray-Pretorius, Tshepi Moropa, Zoe Naude, Bulela Qwane, Giana Viljoen.
Sevens Squad: Morne Ferreira, AJ Jacobs, Ashleigh Murray-Pretorius.
TMO Panel: Stuart Berry, Ben Crouse, Christie du Preez, Quinton Immelman, Marius Jonker, Egon Seconds.