Our weekly “7s Experts” blog is not only portraying coaches and players but also influential people who shape the game in a different role. People who are indispensable for the game but not very often in the spotlight are referees. In recent years and with increased professionalisation of 7s, the governing body World Rugby appointed a large number of world class referees for the World Sevens Series. One of them is 32-year old Ben Crouse from South Africa. Together with fellow countrymen Rasta Rasivhenge and Marius Van der Westhuizen, Crouse is a regular on the series and has now, like many other “7s Experts”, one big aim, a trip to Rio.
|Current Role||World Rugby 7s Referee|
|Date of Birth||24/04/1983|
|Place of Birth||Port Elizabeth (South Africa)|
|Favourite 7s Tournament||Hong Kong 7s|
|Favourite 7s Player||Waisale Serevi, Virimi Vakatawa|
|Favourite 7s Coach||Neil Powell, Ben Ryan, Sir Gordon Tietjens|
WOULD YOU RATHER
Have the ability to fly or the ability to read people's mind?
Would you rather go without your car or the Internet for a month?
Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?
Would you rather go forward or back in time?
Forward in time
Have a night out or evening in?
Watch TV or read a book?
Use Facebook or Twitter?
PLEASE TELL US...
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Fishing on an exotic island
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
What is your favourite film?
Facing the giants
What has been your biggest challenge?
When I started out on the series to juggle my work, rugby and family life (family is most important)
What is your biggest success up until now?
Being part of the World Sevens Series referee squad for 3 years
What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Being "street smart” and persistence
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?
Get my two kids through school and into a good university, and taking my Mrs to some of the awesome places I have had the privilege of seeing through my sport.
What’s next for you?
At this stage working hard to get my call up for Rio 2016 and then cementing my spot as one of the top 7s referees in the world.
The 7s Experts is a weekly blog series, portraying each Sunday an influential person from the world of rugby sevens. We asked some of the best players, coaches and referees in the world to share their wisdom. If you like to suggest a personality to be featured in this series please contact us.