South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge

The match officials for the 2018 San Francisco Rugby Sevens World Cup have been announced with the showpiece less than four months away.

South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge

The group of 19 match officials from 14 nations will take charge of a total of 84 matches over the three day event from 20-22 July.

Ten will preside over the 52 matches in the 24-team men’s category will be; Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Craig Evans (Wales), Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Damon Murphy (Australia), Jeremy Rozier (France), Matt Rodden (Hong Kong), Richard Haughton (England), Damian Schneider (Argentina), Mike O’Brien (USA).

A team of nine experienced referees will take over the 16-team women’s event which involves 32 matches. These will be;  Alhambra Nievas (Spain), Joy Neville (Ireland), Sara Cox (England), Adam Jones (Wales), Ben Crouse (South Africa), Sakurako Kawasaki (Japan), Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand), Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy).

Uganda will field the men’s team after claiming the Africa sevens title for the second time in a row over 5 months ago.

Uganda successfully defended the crown they won when they defeated Namibia 38-19 in the cup final at the Moi Kasarani Safaricom Stadium last year.

Uganda Rugby Sevens team lifting the 2017 Africa 7s crown at Legends

The Cranes needed a late try from hero Adrian Kasito to seal a hard-fought come back – qualifying for the continental feat with a 10-07 triumph at Legends in Kampala.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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