National Panel B

Francois Pretorius

Born: 31 August 1983, Malmesbury
Married to: Jeanette Pretorius
Height: 1.94
Weight: 95 Kg
Home province: Western Province - Cape Town
School attended: Hermanus High School
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Braaivleis

Rugby history:

Played rugby at primary school and a couple of matches for my Koshuis while studying.

Why You chose to become a referee:

Love the sport, spirit and challenges surrounding refereeing.

Refereeing history:

Started refereeing in 2006 while studying at Stellenbosch University. A friend dared me to referee a 5th league koshuis rugby game.

Career highlights:

Vodacom Cup Semi-Final 2015

Currie Cup Qualifers 2015-2016

Running Touch at Super Rugby (Stormers vs Bulls, Stormers vs Cheetahs)

Favourite international sportsperson:

Usain Bolt

Family connection to the sport:

My Dad is probably the biggest rugby supporter in South Africa

Motivators:

It is all about attitude. You have to control the controllable.

"If you think you can do a thing or that you cannot do a thing, in either case you are right" - Henry Ford

Who would you like to meet:

Elon Musk

Hero/Mentor:

My father and father-in-law.

Advice for new recruits:

Focus on what you can do on the field.

Outside interests:

Running, golf, spending time with my wife and dogs.

Did you know?

I have flown an airplane over Johannesburg at night with the pilot giving me full control.

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