Everything goes karaOKe for Quinn at SANIX tournament

Printable Version Printable Version    Recommend Recommend    Email to a friend Email to a friend
  

6/3/2017


Australia has had a long standing relationship with Japanese rugby referees sending a talent identified referee to the SANIX World Youth Tournament each year for over a decade now.  Often it is the first opportunity for a referee to go overseas and apply their craft, taking advantage of our global game.  This year Australia’s James Quinn headed north, bound for Fukuoka and Global Arena to referee at the 2017 tournament. 

 

“Getting to spend two weeks away in a rugby environment was a fantastic experience. It was an awesome opportunity to learn from the other referees and players involved in the tournament, as well as enjoy their company and hospitality off the field.”

 

The tournament is held in late April each year and was started by a wealthy Japanese businessman who had a true affinity with the game.  SANIX invites the 8 best school teams in Japan’s national competition and 8 other schoolboy rugby teams from around the world to compete in the 9 day tournament.  

 

Quinn was one of 5 overseas referees with others joining from England, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The international referees were also joined by 15 Japanese referees who filled out the match official team for SANIX 2017. 

 

“The SANIX tournament is unique to World Rugby, in the way that it brings together teams from all over the world to not only play each other in a competitive game environment, but also actively encourages the players and referees to engage off the field. It was great to be involved first hand with such a quality sporting occasion and experience the excellent Japanese hospitality that makes it so enjoyable.” 

 

Quinn refereed 6 games over the tournament.  He said the Japan v Japan games were an interesting refereeing experience because of the very limited English speaking ability from both teams.  The highlight of the tournament for him was refereeing the first game after the opening ceremony in front of a big local crowd as well as controlling the 3rd place playoff between the two top Japanese Schoolboy teams.

 

Quinn had his Shute Shield debut in the Sydney Club competition earlier this year and what struck him was the way players and officials interact on the field. 

 

“Japanese players are extremely respectful in nature which came as somewhat of a shock, with no one ever challenging a decision or arguing about anything, which is a bit different to what I am used to! They line up and bow to one another and the referee before and after the game.”

 

The tournament isn’t all about what happens on the field though.  There is plenty of fun to be had off the field as well as the locals roll out the red carpet and live up to their reputation of being the best hosts in World Rugby.  

 

 

On a number of the nights we were taken out by members of SANIX Corporation and the JRFU to dinner. We were taken out to traditional Japanese restaurants in Fukuoka City.  We also visited the site of the WW2 atomic bombing in Nagasaki and were able to see how the city had rebuilt itself since these times…One of the highlights of our downtime would have to be our night of karaoke where a rendition of YMCA in Japanese was something to remember!”

 

“Getting to spend two weeks away in a rugby environment was a fantastic experience. It was an awesome opportunity to learn from the other referees and players involved in the tournament, as well as enjoy their company and hospitality off the field.” 

 

Quinn is the latest name on a long list of Australian’s who have been appointed to the SANIX World Youth tournament.  Current National Match Official Team members John McCarthy, Damien Mitchelmore, Angus Gardner, Ed Martin, Will Houston, Graham Cooper and Jordan Way have all refereed at the tournament and relished from the experience.

 

News

11/13/2017

11/10/2017

10/31/2017

8/7/2017

8/6/2017

7/31/2017

6/29/2017

6/20/2017

6/7/2017

6/3/2017