South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge will take charge of his first Guinness PRO14 match in Galway on Saturday, when Connacht and Benetton will go head-to-head in round two of the northern hemisphere showpiece.

Rasivhenge, who is a member of the SA Rugby Premier Referee panel, joined the Elite Guinness PRO14 Panel this season, following several seasons of making his making his mark on the international circuit in both the 15-a-side and Sevens codes, Vodacom Super Rugby and the Currie Cup.

His growing list of achievements include holding the whistle in the Sevens rugby final at Rio Olympic Games in 2016. The 33-year-old had his first taste of Guinness PRO14 rugby last week where he served as an assistant referee in the clash between the Scarlets and Connacht.

Rasivhenge’s Guinness PRO14 debut follows on his appointment as the referee for the final of the Currie Cup First Division – sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services – between the Jaguares XV and Down Touch Griffons in Potchefstroom in August.