Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole

State: QLD
Panel: Rugby AU/SANZAR/World Rugby
Association: QRRA

Year Commenced Refereeing:


Years on NMOT:

Joined sometime in the 90s


Bachelor of Denistry - Queensland University

Profession outside of refereeing:


Interests outside of refereeing:


Rugby Playing History:

Marist College, Ashgrove lower grades as halfback

Refereeing Pathway:

Traditional - Started at school in Year 12.

What got you into refereeing?

My brother, Brian was a very good schoolboy referee, so he inspired me to give it a go. Continued playing but soon realised my body couldn’t keep up with my brain.  

Best on-field moment(s)

Every single Test match, so many different experiences but the moment when both teams line up and the anthems are being played is special and you realise what a privilege it is to be involved. If I had to single one out, 2nd Test All Blacks v British & Irish Lions in 2005.  

Best off-field moment(s)

Touring South Africa, Being involved in RWCs 1999, 2003 & 2015 – great team environments. 

Funniest refereeing moment

Being called out by Prince William for letting out an expletive during the second Test NZ v British & Irish Lions 2005. 

Best refereeing advice you have ever been given?

Don’t just expect respect, earn it, every time.

How you manage people will determine your success.

Never stop learning about the game, it’s more important than the laws! 

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