Former Springbok Sevens and Stormers speedster turned referee Egon Seconds (above) has been promoted to the Premier Panel along with six of South Africa’s foremost match officials.
In a change to the structure of the panels, SA Rugby’s Refereeing Department has decided to split the old Elite Panel into two – the Premier and National A Panels.
According to Banks Yantolo, the changes were made to streamline the process of appointing and ensuring the best available match officials are available for the correct matches.
“We’re constantly working towards improving our systems to ensure not only that we have the best match officials on the field, but also to sustain our position as one of the best refereeing countries in the world,” said Yantolo.
“Our established Test referees have done us proud in recent years and it’s great to see new faces, such as Egon and Rasta, making the step-up. They are two of our best up-and-coming referees and it’s good to know we have a number of superb young match officials who should be available for many years to come.
“Earlier this year, three of our referees, Rasta, Cwengile Jadezweni and Jaco van Heerden made their Test debuts.
“To see the progress made by Rasta, Cwengile, Jaco and Egon is not only heart-warming, but it shows we’re doing something right. There are many other examples and we’re excited to see what the future holds for our match officials.”