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With the cricket season underway and summer quickly approaching most of the rugby community would consider this the beginning of the ‘off season’. Not for our referees. It was a one of the busiest weekends we have had with representative appointments to date. Let’s take a look around the grounds.
More exciting news to come out of the office is the rebranding of the organization. The ARU has now been renamed Rugby Australia or Rugby AU for short. The referees embrace this change and will hence be called Rugby Australia Referees or Rugby AU Refs for short. Our website is now www.rugbyaustralia.com.au/referees.
Rugby Australia Awards
For the second year in a row Angus Gardner has received the coveted Roger Vanderfield Referee of the year award at the Rugby AU awards ceremony last week. Referees are nominated for the award who “must be an Australian Rugby national referee of Sevens or 15-a-side. Demonstrates high standards of officiating and is considered to be a role model for the game in Australia. Must have refereed at State, National and/or International level of game.” A fitting award for someone who has had an exceptional year on and off the field and a person most, young Australia referees aspire to be.
Japan v World XV
An all Australian match official team flew over to Fukuoka, Japan to referee an exhibition match between Japan, who will take on the Wallabies this weekend, and a World XV team coached by Robbie Deans. Nick Berry was the man in the middle in a game won by the World XV 47 – 27 in terrible conditions. This was the perfect warm up game for Nick who along with Angus Gardner will head over to Europe this week to attend a World Rugby camp before they officiate games on the Spring tour Test window between Scotland v Samoa and France v New Zealand respectively. Rohan Hoffmann and Ian Smith rounded out the rest of the all Aussie team. For those interested the World Rugby November appointments are below: Click here
Final Round of NRC
With semi finals weekend, this round felt like the “unofficial” quarter finals with a number of teams fighting it out for a top 4 spot. Will Houston kicked off the weekend in Orange with the crucial match between the Country Eagles and Brisbane City. This match was particularly special as Rugby AU along with the Country Eagles partnered with the RSPCA to help drive the adoption of animals who are in need of a loving home. A number of eligible dogs ran out with the Eagles players prior to kick off and the Assistant referees donned a special RSPCA flag. A shout out to our own Chelsea Jones who organized this event! Graham Cooper enjoyed his final week in Fiji refereeing the Drua v Rays in an entertaining game of rugby that we have come to expect from this Drua team. Damon Murphy was in Ispwich refereeing QLD Country and Perth Spirit and Jordan Way finished the weekend at TG Millner in a Match between the Rams and Vikings.
Semi finals this weekend will be between the Vikings v Spirit and QLD Country v Drua. Appointments for these games will come out later this week.
If you are interested in adopting an animal from the RSPC feel free to visit their website: https://www.rspcansw.org.au
Central Coast 7’s
A tournament marked in any aspiring 7’s referees calendar, and this year did not disappoint. With a host of international teams competing this is one of the premier invitational tournaments in the world. For our referees this provides invaluable experience of what is required on the World Stage. There were 16 referees assisting the tournament over the two days, including Samoan Referee Avii Faalupega, with the standard of match officials being its strongest collectively in a number of years, giving the referee coaches enormous headaches over selection. What most people will read about the Central Coat 7’s is both Aussie 7’s teams winning the tournament in their respective competitions, but what we like to write about it having Tyler Miller (WA) and Charlie Hartston (NSW) refereeing their first CC7’s finals. While only two people can referee the finals the rest of the team worked incredibly hard and you won’t be surprised when you see a few of them selected for Nationals next month.