WALES start their Six Nations title defence in opposition to Eire in Dublin.
And there is loads of expertise within the center as Jaco Peyper has been chosen as referee.
However with that have has come controversy throughout his prolonged profession.
Who’s Jaco Peyper?
Jaco Peyper was born in Bloemfontein in 1980.
In 2008, he made his Tremendous Rugby debut whereas nonetheless in his 20s, earlier than getting into the worldwide scene throughout Scotland’s 2012 tour of Oceania.
Peyper took cost of the Scots’ 9-6 win over Australia, their 37-25 win over Fiji and their 17-16 victory over Tonga.
He was chosen to officiate in each the 2015 and the 2019 Rugby World Cups.
Outdoors of rugby, he’s a educated lawyer and he and his spouse Zenobia have two kids collectively.
Why has Jaco Peyper induced controversy?
Jaco Peyper induced controversy throughout one other Wales match, the 2019 Rugby World Cup last in opposition to France.
Peyper sent off France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina for a brutal elbow on Aaron Wainwright.
Nonetheless, after the match he was pictured laughing with Wales fans while performing an elbow gesture.
Because of this, World Rugby launched an investigation and opted to not choose Peyper for the remainder of the event, labelling the gesture “inappropriate”.
Forward of Eire vs Wales, stand-in Welsh captain Dan Biggar joked that Peyper can be having sleepless nights on the considered refereeing him and fiery Irish captain Johnny Sextion.
He stated: “For the primary recreation Jaco Peyper has acquired me and him so I guess he’s having sleepless nights!
“(In all seriousness) will probably be a problem as a result of my nature may be very fiery and aggressive. It’s form of a double-edged sword.
!For me, as a participant, I must be at a degree the place I’m emotionally on edge however clearly there needs to be a line.
“I’m actually trying ahead to testing myself. Solely time will inform if it can come throughout proper however I’m going to fly into it the most effective I can.”
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