Craig Joubert retires from refereeing to focus as a "talent development coach"

He was in charge of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final

Craig Joubert retires from refereeing to focus as a "talent development coach"

Referee Craig Joubert Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

South African referee Craig Joubert has retired from the 15s game to focus on a new position as a "talent development coach".

The 39-year-old is due to take up his new position in January 2017.

Speaking on his new role he said: "This was not a decision I took lightly given the obvious lure of possibly refereeing the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand next year as well as the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.”

“However, the opportunity to make a difference in other peoples’ careers and lives is something which I’m excited about. It really is a dream job."

"Over the past few years I have taken Rasta Rasivhenge under my wing and have mentored and coached him and it has been enormously rewarding to see him grow as a person and as a referee."

“This position gives me the opportunity to play a more formal role in sharing my experiences and developing referees and to have a positive influence on the lives and careers of other young referees."

“I am also thrilled that I will continue to referee on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as we build our team of referees towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I love the Sevens environment and being a part of this very special team.”

His impressive CV culminated  in officiating the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland between New Zealand and France in 2011. He will remain as a referee for the sevens circuit.