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Great To Be Back: Joubert

  Referee Craig Joubert is glad to be back in Fiji after 12 years. The World Rugby referee talent development coach will be assisting in the running of the Oceania
10 Nov 2018 11:11
Great To Be Back: Joubert
Craig Joubert at the 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 9, 2018. Photo: Grace Narayan

 

Referee Craig Joubert is glad to be back in Fiji after 12 years.

The World Rugby referee talent development coach will be assisting in the running of the Oceania Sevens Championship which ends today the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

The 40-year-old South African has been refereeing for the past 15 years.

“It feels great to be back in Fiji after 12 years,” Joubert said.

“I actually controlled the test match here between Fiji and Tonga which was really amazing.

“I’ve been in Suva for the past one week and it’s great to be here in Fiji officiating in the Oceania Sevens and knowing that sevens rugby is Fiji’s national sport.

“Personally, I have always looked forward to come and experience a sevens event in Fiji and I am loving the spirit of rugby here.

“And as far as the competition is concerned the performance from all the teams has been quiet outstanding.”

He will be conducting workshop for local referees.

“It is a great opportunity in my role at World Rugby to get out and interact with the local, young referees here in Fiji,” Joubert said.

“I have met a lot of Pacific Island referees and it’s equally important for me to share their experiences and ideas on the work we do.

“I think the teams competing here have done a fantastic job and this tournament will be a great build-up for the Dubai 7s as well.

“Most teams have brought in some very talented players and the whole atmosphere here is really competitive and when we’ve good players.

“We are blessed with amazing weather and I love to experience sevens in Fiji

“Sevens rugby is also something that is very close to my heart.

“I’ve been refereeing for many years and coming back to Fiji and being able to officiate is great for me personally.”

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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