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).


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.


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. advert