End of a refereeing era in Super 14

Sanzar has announced the referees to the first four rounds of Super 14 and for the first time it will apply its recent decision that referees be appointed on merit regardless of country of residence.


Matt Goddard of Australia will therefore referee a match in which an Australian teams plays a New Zealand team in the first match of the 2009 Super 14.


Bryce Lawrence of New Zealand will referee a match between a New Zealand team and an Australian team later on the same day.


On the next day Stuart Dickinson of Australia will referee a match between an Australian team and a New Zealand team and Marius Jonker of South Africa will referee a match between a South African team and an Australian team.


Steve Walsh of Australia was not available for the first four rounds as there are still difficult decisions to be made, including a possible hearing.


The interesting newcomer to the appointments is Greg Cooper who last appeared on lists as the Highlanders’ coach. Joey Salmans and Sindile Mayende are injured and will need to prove their fitness before fulfilling their appointments.


The appointments are:


Round 1:


Friday, 13 February


Highlanders vs Brumbies in Dunedin
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Television match official: Shane McDermot (New Zealand)


Western Force vs Blues in Perth
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Nathan Pearce (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)


Lions vs Cheetahs in Johannesburg
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Phillip Bosch (South Africa), Joey Salmans (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)


Saturday, 14 February


Crusaders vs Chiefs in Christchurch
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Television match official: Shane McDermot (New Zealand)


Hurricanes vs Waratahs in Wellington
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Touch judges: Keith Brown (New Zealand), Glenn Newman (Australia)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


Stormers vs Sharks at Newlands
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Touch judges: Pro Legoete (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman/JC Fortuin (South Africa)


Bulls vs Reds in Pretoria
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Willie Roos (South Africa), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Television match official: Michael Cupido (South Africa)


Round 2:


Friday, 20 February


Hurricanes vs Highlanders in Wellington
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Garrat Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Glenn Wahlstrom


Waratahs vs Chiefs in Sydney
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Touch judges: Ian Smith (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Wayne Erickson


Western Force vs Cheetahs in Perth
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Touch judges: Paul Marks (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
Television match official: Geoff Acton (Australia)
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel


Stormers vs Reds at Newlands
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Craig Joubert (South Africa), James Noonan (New Zealand)
Television match official: Michael Cupido (South Africa)
Assessor: Greg Cooper


Saturday, 21 February


Brumbies vs Crusaders in Canberra
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
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