Paul Mente

Born: 21 February 1985
School attended: Masikhanyise High School
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Anything prepared by my wife.

Rugby history:

Played from Grade 9 – 12

Played Club Rugby for Blue Buffs

Why You chose to become a referee:

When I realised I still wanted to play at the highest level but couldn’t, I figured there´s another way to achieve my dream.

Refereeing history:

Started in 2009 at Leopards

Contender Squad 2015

National Panel 2016 till present

Career highlights:

New Zealand vs France 3rd and 4th play offs in the International Defence Competition in England 2015.

Varsity Shield Final: 2017/2018
Varsity Cup Final: 2019
Elgon Cup Final (Kenya): 2019
Super Sport Rugby Challenge 2018 (Quarter Final)
Super Sport Rugby Challenge 2019 (Semi Final)

Refereed Curry Cup First Division: 2018
Pro14 AR 2018/19

Favourite international sportsperson:

Jaco Peyper

Family connection to the sport:

My three brothers and I all played rugby.

Who would you like to meet:

Wayne Barnes


Jaco Peyper

Advice for new recruits:

Luck comes after you have given your best.

Outside interests:

Commentating sport.

Did you know?

God is my pillar of strength.

He is a former Lieutenant in the SA Army.
He is currently Assistant Director: Security Management at Department of Social Development.

Number of matches officiated/TMO:

1 Currie Cup Premier, 3 First Division advert