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Carel du Plessis appointed to SANZAR referee panel

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The South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) have expanded the Super 14 Referees Selection Panel to include a former coach, giving the Super 14 coaches greater input into referee appointments.


Former Springbok winger, Springbok coach and Stormers coach Carel du Plessis has been appointed to the position, increasing the SANZAR panel to four members.


Previously the panel consisted of the three Head Referee Selectors from the South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions.


The expansion to include a former coach on the selection panel follows the lead of the IRB and the NZRU which have both had former coaches on their panels in recent years.


The SANZAR panel meets via conference call every Tuesday to review referees’ performances and deliberate on upcoming appointments.


Australian Referees Manager Peter Marshall said the inclusion of du Plessis would provide important input into the selection process.


“Carel du Plessis has been a Test player, an international coach and a Super 12 coach, so he is eminently qualified to take on this role,” Marshall said.


“He will bring a new perspective to the selection table and provide valuable input, helping to ensure that we have the best performing referees adjudicating our matches.


“The appointment of referees is a merit-based system, so having the input of the Super 14 coaches, via Carel, is important.


“Super 14 coaches have always had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Selection Panel, but having a former coach on the panel will certainly assist with that feedback.”


Super 14 Referee Selection Panel

Ian Scotney – Head Referees Selector –  Australian Rugby Union
Frans Muller –  Head Referees Selector –  South African Rugby Union
Glenn Wahlstrom – Head Referees Selector –  New Zealand Rugby Union
Carel du Plessis – Super 14 Coaches Representative

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