• Saru referees boss under fire

    André Watson has faced a disciplinary hearing following a list of grievances signed by 24 officials.

    According to Sunday Times rugby writer Liam de Carme, the grievances include:

    – Verbal abuse
    – Victimisation
    – His abrasive management style; and
    – Financial impropriety

    The newspaper says it was Watson's fallout with senior referee Rasta Rasivhenge that galvanised the disenchanted. Watson allegedly told Rasivhenge last year: 'I'll f**k you up, I'll destroy you.'

    Rasivhenge subsequently left South African to pursue a refereeing career in Australia.

    He reportedly flew back to South Africa to attend Watson's disciplinary hearing, at which the country's No 1-ranked referee Craig Joubert also testified.

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    Simon Borchardt