Scottish Rugby is strengthening its referees’ department with the appointment of a former international referee to a new post of Referee Commissioner.
Tappe Henning, 52, who refereed 14 internationals, beginning with the 1995 Scotland v Samoa match at Murrayfield, before taking charge of high performance referees in his native South Africa, begins in the position next month, subject to visa and immigration procedures having been completed.
Henning, a former police inspector, was also an international referee selector for the IRB and an advisor of referees.
One of his main tasks will be to help Scotland’s best referees make the step up to the international arena, while he also undertakes a root and branch review of refereeing in Scotland. He will also assist the national team coaches and players to develop their understanding of refereeing issues.
Colin Thomson, Director of Rugby Operations, said: “We have a number of referees who have officiated at Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup through ERC and who have shown they have the aptitude to perform at the top level of the game.
“Last season, Dave Pearson was appointed to drive up the standard of refereeing within the Six Nations and now, with this appointment, we are determined to help our referees make the next step and once again officiate at full international level.”