International Rugby Referee, Craig Joubert, will be swapping his whistle for the dreaded finger after being appointed as one of the two men in the middle for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
Joubert will umpire the Ticketpros Proteas vs Springboks T20 match alongside Patrick Jele.
The 37-year-old made his umpiring debut earlier this year when he officiated in the first match between these teams.
“It was a great experience standing in the middle during the first encounter between the Boks and the Proteas,” said Joubert.
“I have always loved and supported cricket and the Proteas. I watched the recent ODI series in Australia with much interest, supporting our boys and keeping an eye on the umpires to pick up a few tips!
“To be part of this great occasion is a real thrill for me and I’m looking forward to the match on Friday,” added Joubert.
In another news around the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup, Proteas batsman, Rilee Rossouw has been withdrawn from the squad as a precaution due to a finger injury. He will be replaced by bizhub Highveld Lions batsman, Temba Bavuma.
Fans have been encouraged to come early and participate in the festivities at the stadium. Gates open at 15h00 and the match starts at 18h30.
From an entertainment perspective, legendary South African artist, Johnny Clegg will perform on the day. He will be joined by award winning rock group, Prime Circle who will entertain fans before the match.
Fans will also get the opportunity to be part of the autograph session with selected members of both teams.
The popular hit a six competition will once again keep fans screaming for big hits and a kicking competition will also take place between the two sides.
There are still tickets available for the match. Tickets are available from www.ticketpro.co.za and range from R90-R200. Gates open at 15h00.
The match will be televised live on SuperSport 2.