Griffin Colby

Born: 1992/11/03
School attended: Grey College - Bloemfontein
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Lamb Chops

Rugby history:

Griffons u21 - 2011

Free State u21 - 2013

Free State 7's: 2013 to 2014

Gold Cup - 2013 to 2015

Why You chose to become a referee:

To much injuries and wanted to stay involved in the game.

Refereeing history:

Academy Squad : 2016 to 2017
National Panel: 2018 to present

Career highlights:

Academy week - 2016 to 2017

  • Varsity Shield (2018)

Currie Cup u19 Final - 2018 (Sharks v Blue Bulls)
Varsity cup Semi Final - 2019
Supersport Rugby Challenge - 2019 to current

As an AR:

  • Currie Cup Premier
  • SupeRugby AR

Favourite sporting arena:

Old Trafford stadium

Favourite international sportsperson:

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Family connection to the sport:


  • current GM of the Free State Rugby Union.
  • former coach of Free State cravenweek and Academy week.
  • currently World Rugby coach trainer. 

My two brothers are also referees.  

Who would you like to meet:

Denzel Washington



Advice for new recruits:

You learn more from failure than from success. Do not let it stop you. Failure builds character.

Outside interests:

Soccer / Music / Road running

Did you know?

I can play the trombone. 

Number of matches officiated/TMO:

1 SR Unlocked, 1 Currie Cup Premier, 3 First Division advert