10 Mar 2021
The SA Rugby Referees Department in collaboration with Western Province got back to business on the provincial front on Saturday, 7 March, after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they hosted the Replacement Controller course at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
A total of 24 participants - graded in Division 1, 2, and 3 - attended the course, with the weekend’s session marking first of few modules to be presented to members involved in the side-line duties.
These modules, which are accompanied by World Rugby online programs, were designed by SA Rugby to upskill all side-line personnel - RC, Timekeepers, TZM, Recorders, and Statisticians – which service SA Rugby and World Rugby matches.
Upon completion of the various modules, which are suited to the various side-line roles, the participants will receive an official Certificate of Attendance.
This, in turn, will allow the WPRRS appointment committee to establish a database of certified members that could be appointed to perform side-line duties in future.
Ben Theron, WP Referees Manager, said: “After almost a year away from rugby refereeing activities the members of our society were very excited to attend some sort of rugby refereeing activities and they enjoyed the course.
“We would like to thank Eugene de Villiers (SA Rugby Referees Department: Operations) who was willing to present the course in a COVID-19 safe environment, as well as our head of training and education, Mornay Colville, who has ensured that these courses are presented to our members for the past few years.”
Joey Klaaste-Salmans, WP Referees Chairperson added: “My thanks to Ben Theron, Mornay Colville and Fatima Said (Admin) for all their hard work in ensuring the course was hosted and conducted under strict COVID-19 protocols. We pride ourselves in making sure we keep our members interests close to heart.
“This course is a good start for the seniors to frequent themselves again with the side-line protocol and laws that they may not always engage with, and it crucial that we provide SA Rugby with competent officials at provincial competitions.”