Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, has paid his respects to former Test referee Michael Katzenellenbogen, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 50.
He appeared in two Tests, in 2002 and 2003, and more than 100 first class matches, at Super Rugby, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup level, until his retirement in 2004. Apart from refereeing, Katzenellenbogen was a qualified physiotherapist who lived in Pietermaritzburg. He was diagnosed with cerebral ataxia a few years ago and was wheelchair-bound.
Katzenellenbogen was born on December 22, 1968 and is survived by his wife, Linda, and seven children.