Kaplan to break South African record in Ireland
November 7, 2005

Top South African referee Jonathan Kaplan will break his country's test referee's record when he blows the whistle in the Ireland/New Zealand Test in Dublin on November 12.

He will be the first South African to referee 28 Test matches. He is currently on par with Andre Watson, who has since retired from the trade.

SA Rugby CEO Johan Prinsloo has congratulated Kaplan on the opportunity to enhance his leadership status in his field. "Jonathan is an exemplary referee among his peers not only in South Africa, but also around the world. We are all proud of his achievements, following in the footsteps of such achievers as (Andre) Watson. Such achievements should inspire young talented referees to reach remarkable heights in their profession."

At the SA Rugby Awards in Johannesburg last month, Kaplan walked home with the Marriott Refereeing Achievement of the Year award, SA Rugby's highest honour for a referee.

He is presently recognised as South Africa's number one referee. Recently, he handled the difficult and emotionally-charged Currie Cup Final between the Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs, with distinction .

"The All Black game, together with his appointment to referee the Rugby Super 12 final and the third Lions/All Blacks Test earlier this year, bear testimony to his consistent rating amongst the top professional referees in the world," said Prinsloo.

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