We are joined on the couch by former SARU referee, Jonathan Kaplan. Jonathan held the record for the most international rugby matches refereed, now he has moved on from rugby and is doing something much harder, being a full-time single parent, to his 3 year old son. He joins us with his surrogate, Jacqueline Davies, who carried the child for him.
Jonathan has obtained a Bachelor social sciences degree, with majors in economics and psychology, that he obtained at UCT, and a postgraduate degree in marketing management. Even with all these qualifications, his passion was still in refereeing, with his career beginning while still in high school, with his ‘first-class’ debut being in 1991. By 1993 he was appointed to the South Africa's national panel of referees, he would then go on to make his first international refereeing debut in 1996, at a test match between Zimbabwe and Namibia. This lead to one of the most decorated refereeing careers in rugby history, that spanned for almost 20 years.
Jonathan retired from rugby refereeing in 2013, with his domestic match being the 2013 Currie Cup Final between Western Province and the Sharks. This was then followed by his final test match being the final match fixture of the 2013 Namibian Tri-Nations, Namibia vs Kenya, that took place in Windhoek. At the age of 50 years old he decided to turn his life in a new direction and got a surrogate to help him have a son.