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Craig Joubert named among referees to officiate at the Rio Olympics

  • Craig Joubert is among the referees selected for the Rio Olympics
  • Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men’s tournament
  • Rugby union returns to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.
South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer’s Rio Olympics 2016.

It will be Sevens first exposure to the Games with the competition being played in the opening week of this summer’s Olympics. Joubert is one of 12 men selected along with 12 women.

The Bok is well-known in rugby circles. He refereed the 2011 World Cup final and was under the spotlight in last year’s tournament when he made a key decision in the last throes of Scotland’s quarter-final against Australia which World Rugby later clarified as incorrect.


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All the Rio-bound officials have been appointed from the World Rugby Sevens Series.

John Jeffrey, chairman of World Rugby’s match official selection committee, said: “I wish to send my congratulations to the men and women selected to referee at the Olympic Games this year.

“It is the culmination of incredibly hard work over many years, and under the leadership of sevens referee manager Paddy O’Brien, they can go on to represent their unions and World Rugby on the biggest sporting stage of them all.”

The women’s Olympic competition starts on August 6 and runs for three days, with the men’s tournament scheduled from August 9-11.