Craig Joubert

Craig Joubert Rugby World Cup final, referee, now available in New Zealand


Out in the middle with the whistle for British Lions Test Matches, 103 Super Rugby games (including 3 finals), 69 Test Matches and most memorably the Rugby World Cup Final - Craig Joubert has some fascinating and amusing stories from inside the world of international rugby.

What did Richie McCaw really say to referees before a major Test Match?

Just how tense was the 2011 Rugby World Cup final out in the middle?

What did he learn from adversity after the 2015 Rugby World Cup where he became public enemy number one in Scotland after a last minute call in the quarter final?

What is life like for an international rugby referee and what are the consequences for poor performance?

This and other anecdotal type content is well placed for after dinner speeches and invites the audience in to the ‘inside world of international rugby’ - both fascinating and often amusing.

Craig Joubert has an Honours Degree in Business Finance and worked in Corporate Banking until the lure of refereeing professional rugby took him into the world of professional sport. Out in the middle with the whistle for British Lions Test Matches, 103 Super Rugby games (including 3 finals), 69 Test Matches and most memorably the Rugby World Cup Final, Craig brings the audience in to the realities of the challenges faced making decisions out in front of 80,000 people and millions on TV. He is uniquely placed to draw on his experiences in both the sporting and corporate environments and share insights with corporate teams around:

  • Decision making under pressure
  • Dealing with difficult clients
  • Handling criticism and failure
  • How an honest self review process can improve performance
  • How to create a High Performance culture
  • How to connect with people to build credible relationships