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18 October 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer | Photo Getty Images
Jaco Peyper
Jaco Peyper, former Kovsie, will handle a quarter-final match at the Rugby World Cup. It will also be his 50th test match.

With the appointment of Jaco Peyper as referee there will be Kovsie alumni among the referees, players and coaches in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan on 20 October.

Lappies Labuschagné will start on the flank for Japan in their clash against the Springboks on Sunday. Labuschagné, a former Shimla captain, is second on the list for tackles made in the tournament thus far.
In the Springbok camp there are former University of the Free State (UFS) students in Rassie Erasmus (head coach) and Jacques Nienaber (defence coach).

UFS alumnus Jaco Peyper has been entrusted with the whistle in Sunday’s other quarter-final between Wales and France. It will be a memorable match for Peyper as it will be his 50th test appearance as the 31st man on the field – making him only the third South African to achieve this feat.

Peyper, who is the only South African among the 12 referees at the tournament, made his World Cup debut in 2015 when he officiated the opening match. In total he has handled six World Cup encounters. 

His illustrious career has seen him become only the fourth referee in history to officiate in 100 Super Rugby matches earlier in the year, in which he also handled the final (his fourth Super Rugby final). Peyper scooped the SA Referee of the Year award in 2018 for a third time, a year in which he took charge of his fourth Currie Cup Final.

“The fact that he is only the third South African referee to take charge of 50 tests indicates what a special achievement this is. It takes years of hard work and dedication to reach this level as a referee, and to maintain this standard year-in and year-out is even more challenging as it requires one to produce effective performances consistently,” said Jurie Roux, the CEO of SA Rugby.

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Students win bursaries
2009-02-24

 
Altogether eight students from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French recently received bursaries from the “Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Neerlandistiek”  (SAVN). Six third-year students received bursaries to the value of R6 000 and two postgraduate students received a bursary to the value of R7 500 each. Here are, from the left, front: Lizanne Dippenaar, SAVN scholar, Esté Kemp, SAVN scholar; Lillian Strauss, SAVN scholar, and Camille Ferreira, SAVN scholar; back: Carika le Roux, SAVN scholar, Anita van Vuuren, SAVN scholar, George Wasserman, who passed an internationally known German language proficiency exam from the Goethe Institute on level B2 with distinction, Susan Conradie, SAVN scholar, Elmarie Lubbe, SAVN scholar, and Beate Gadinger, who passed the language proficiency exam of the Goethe Insitute and has a scholarship from Deutsche Academische Austausch Dienst (DAAD). She also received a Sur-place-Stipendium bursary to the value of R15 000 for German.
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