Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Born: 02 December 1974, Bellville
Married to: John Klaaste-Salmans
Height: 1.79
Weight: 85 Kg
Home province: Western Province - Cape Town
School attended: Spine Road High School, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain
Favourite country: Spain
Favourite food: Mom’s & John’s Chicken Curry

Rugby history:

Played at high school until Matric.

Why You chose to become a referee:

I wasn’t made to play high level rugby and I found more enjoyment from refereeing the game then playing.

Refereeing history:

Started refereeing in matric, took a break whilst studying teaching at UCT and started agian when I started teaching at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory school.

SA Rugby Contender’s Panel 2006
SA Rugby Provincial Panel 2008
SA Rugby National Panel 2009

Career highlights:

Vodacom Cup Semi-Final 2006
Reserve Referee Vodacom Cup Final 2006
Under 13 Craven Week Finals (3)
National Club Championships Final
Cobra 10’s Final 2006 (Malaysia)
Student 7’s Plate Final (Cordoba, Spain) 2007,
IRB 7 series George leg (2007)
Assistant Referee – Currie Cup Final 2007

Favourite international sportsperson:

Nigel Owens

Family connection to the sport:


Who would you like to meet:

Barack Obama


Mom, Late Oom Willem Brits and Neville Heilbron

Advice for new recruits:

Keep it simple – focus on yourself and what you can offer the game before making comparisons

Outside interests:

I like to gym. I’ve been told that my dance moves are unique. 

Did you know?

I work for the Western Cape Education Department as a Curriculum Advisor in the Cape Winelands Education District since April 2015.
I am a binge series watcher advert