Premier Panel

Jaco Peyper

Born: 13 May 1980
Married to: Zenobia
Height: 1.75
Weight: 80 Kg
Home province: Free State - Bloemfontein
School attended: Grey College
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Braai and any spicy food.

Rugby history:

Played, coached and later refereed.

Why You chose to become a referee:

Serious injuries while playing and still wanting to be involved with top flight rugby. It’s the best seat in the house!

Refereeing history:

Debuts: Currie Cup 2007, Super Rugby 2009, Test Rugby 2011 - 35 Tests till date.

Career highlights:

NZ v British Lions series - 1st Test 2017

CC Final 2012 and 2016

Super Rugby Final 2015

RWC 2015

JWC Final 2011.

Favourite international sportsperson:

Usain Bolt and Wayde van Niekerk

Family connection to the sport:

Grandpa Japie Theron was a Currie Cup ref and later the Secretary of the FS Rugby Union.

Dad and brother played and coached.

Who would you like to meet:

Those in heaven one day.


Too many!

Advice for new recruits:

Ref because you love the game and want to help the game grow and improve, not because you want something from it.

Outside interests:

Business interest – cafe owner, qualified in Law & Accounting, Nashua FS / NC Franchise.

Did you know?

I was the youngest ref at RWC2015… so I am still a junior in referee terms!

Number of matches officiated/TMO:

40 Internationals (37 Tests), 82 SuperRugby advert