Jaco Peyper

Born: 13 May 1980, Bloemfontein
School attended: Grey College
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Braai and any spicy food.

Rugby history:

Played, coached and later refereed.

Why You chose to become a referee:

Serious injuries while playing and still wanting to be involved with top flight rugby. ItÂ’s the best seat in the house!

Refereeing history:

Debuts: Currie Cup Premier 2008, SupeRugby 2009, Test Rugby 2011.

Career highlights:

Currie Cup Premier debut: ETVL vs Boland 2008

Currie Cup Finals: 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018

SupeRugby Debut: 2009

SupeRugby Finals: 2015, 2017, 2019

Test dubut: Kenya vs Zimbabwe 2011

NZ v British Lions Series - 2017 (1st Test)

RWC - 2015, 2019

JWC Final - New Zealand vs England 2011

Referee of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018, 2020

Favourite international sportsperson:

Usain Bolt and Wayde van Niekerk

Family connection to the sport:

Grandpa Japie Theron was a Currie Cup ref and later the Secretary of the FS Rugby Union.

Dad and brother played and coached.

Who would you like to meet:

Those in heaven one day.


Too many!

Advice for new recruits:

Ref because you love the game and want to help the game grow and improve, not because you want something from it.

Outside interests:

Business interest – cafe owner, qualified in Law & Accounting, Nashua FS / NC Franchise.

Did you know?

I was the youngest ref at RWC2015… so I am still a junior in referee terms!

Number of matches officiated/TMO:

55 International Tests, 111 SupeRugby, 3 SR Unlocked, 54 Currie Cup Premier, 9 First Division advert