Jonathan Kaplan will referee his 100th Super Rugby match in week two. Here are initial Super Rugby referee assignments for the opening month.
Super Rugby Referee Appointments
SANZAR have announced the referees to officiate the first four rounds of Super Rugby action. There are only four Australian teams taking part in the first round, with the South African and New Zealand teams joining in the second week.
Of the big second round clashes, Jaco Peyper will blow the North vs South derby at Loftus, while retiring Jonathan Kaplan gets the Cheetahs vs Sharks match in Bloemfontein, his 100th Super Rugby match. Lourens van der Merwe gets the Kings match against the Western Force.
In the third round, Jonathan Kaplan again refs a Sharks match, this time at home to the Stormers, while Chris Pollock is in charge of the massive New Zealand derby between the Blues and the Crusaders.
Here is the full list:
Rebels vs Force – Angus Gardner
Brumbies vs Reds – Andrew Lees
Highlanders vs Chiefs – Steve Walsh
Rebels vs Brumbies – James Leckie
Bulls vs Stormers – Jaco Peyper
Hurricanes vs Blues – Glen Jackson
Reds vs Waratahs – Chris Pollock
Cheetahs vs Sharks – Jonathan Kaplan
Kings vs Force – Lourens van der Merwe
Blues vs Crusaders – Chris Pollock
Reds vs Hurricanes – Steve Walsh
Waratahs vs Rebels – Rohan Hoffmann
Chiefs vs Cheetahs – Mike Fraser
Bulls vs Force – Jason Jaftha
Sharks vs Stormers – Jonathan Kaplan
Hurricanes vs Crusaders – Andrew Lees
Rebels vs Reds – Francisco Pastrana
Highlanders vs Cheetahs – Nick Briant
Brumbies vs Waratahs – Jonathon White
Stormers vs Chiefs – Jaco Peyper
Kings vs Sharks – Jason Jaftha
Blues vs Bulls – Garratt Williamson