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Ten facts about Craig Joubert

Published 19/10/2015

Referee Craig Joubert has been criticised for his performance in Scotland's defeat to Australia
Referee Craig Joubert has been criticised for his performance in Scotland's defeat to Australia

Referee Craig Joubert has been in the firing line following his performance during the World Cup quarter-final between Scotland and Australia at Twickenham on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at his background.

:: Joubert was born in Durban, South Africa on November 8, 1977.

:: He attended Maritzburg College and took up refereeing as a teenager. His father Des was also a rugby referee.

:: Joubert spent five years in corporate banking before becoming a full-time referee.

:: He refereed on the world sevens circuit in 2003 and 2004 before being appointed to the Super Rugby list of officials.

:: Joubert took charge of his first Test match in June 2005 when Wales beat the United States 77-3 in Connecticut.

:: He took charge of the all-South African 2010 Super Rugby final between the Bulls and Stormers.

:: In 2011, Joubert was handed the World Cup final between New Zealand and France in Auckland, but his performance attracted a great deal of criticism, especially from outside New Zealand, after the All Blacks won 8-7.

:: Joubert was appointed to referee the first 2015 World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and Jamaica, which took place in Mexico City in 2012.

:: Joubert was the man in charge of the 2013 second Test in Melbourne between Australia and the British and Irish Lions, which the Wallabies won 16-15.

:: He refereed the 2014 Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and Waratahs, which went the Waratahs' way after Joubert awarded them an 80th-minute penalty.

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