National Panel A

Jaco Pretorius

Born: 13 November 1980
Married to: Jacoba Pretorius
Height: 1.86
Weight: 85 Kg
Home province: Valke - Springs
School attended: HTS Springs
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Biltong

Rugby history:

Springs Rugby Club 1st 2004-2009

Valke 7's 2004-2008

St Helens Rugby League 1999-2009

Why You chose to become a referee:

Serious knee injury forced me to stop playing rugby. Wanted to stay involved with the game.

Refereeing history:

SARU Contender 2012-2013

National Panel 2014 to current

Career highlights:

Grant Khomo u/16 Final 2013

u/19 Currie Cup Semi-Final (Bulls vs Lions) 2016

Favourite international sportsperson:

Usain Bolt

Family connection to the sport:

Father played for South Eastern Transvaal (Pumas).

Motivators:

No one must ever remember the referee, but rather the game that was played between two quality sides.

Who would you like to meet:

Myself in 10 years´ time.

Hero/Mentor:

Wife, Sieg van Staden and Deon van Blommenstein.

Advice for new recruits:

Follow your heart and instincts. Never try to be perfect, just be yourself and enjoy yourself on the field.

Outside interests:

Collects rugby jerseys from all over the world.

Did you know?

Works as a maintenance manager in Springs for Element Six. Really enjoy my work which is almost the same as refereeing, no day is the same.

Just like in rugby, I have the same sequence of events before every game I referee, and the nerves are just as high as when you wait for the kick-off to happen. Then it's 80 minutes of pure adrenalin and fun.

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