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Catching up with Mike Fraser

The New Zealand group of referees has had plenty of reasons to celebrate lately. Chris Pollock officiated the opening test match of the Lions series in Australia, an accolade second only to the Rugby World Cup. To add to this - Jonathan White, Nick Briant, Nicky Inwood and Garratt Williamson all refereed during the June test match window.
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Catching Up With Chris Pollock   (0 Comments)

By Ben O'Keeffe

Chris Pollock - or ‘Polly’ - is a man of many talents. A full time professional referee, ex halfback and teacher, Pollock is also a regular on The Crowd Goes Wild, after being famously tackled by Sean Maitland during a game.
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“Referee every game as if it was your test match.”   (0 Comments)

by Ben O'Keeffe

The Investec Super Rugby competition kicked off this year with a new rugby team out of South Africa – as well as a group of fresh new up-and-coming referees who will make their debuts in 2013. New Zealand’s newest referee to join the Super Rugby ranks is Briant from the Bay of Plenty.

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SANZAR has announced the referee appointments for the first four rounds of the 2013 Super Rugby season, which kicks off with the Rebels hosting the Force on Friday 15 February.

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Another Good Call by Pink Batts and New Zealand Referees   (0 Comments)

New Zealand's referees will be stepping out in pink this year thanks to an exciting three-year sponsorship deal which includes naming rights for the Heartland Championship, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and Pink® Batts®.

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SANZAR today announced an 18-man strong referee team for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.
The announcement includes five new referees to the Super Rugby circuit, including Argentinean Francisco Pastrana (who controlled his first Super Rugby match in 2012).
The team includes the Southern Hemisphere's top performers, with Craig Joubert, Steve Walsh and Chris Pollock (returning from injury) heading up a strong team.
"The recent form of some of our referees in the Test environment has given us an excellent senior group within the team, and we have been able to include a healthy number of young referees," SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray said.
"They have been selected with an eye to the future, both for Super Rugby and Test rugby."
Along with the Argentinean Pastrana, Australia's James Leckie has been recalled to the squad, while Rohan Hoffman (a former professional rugby player), Jason Jaftha from South Africa and Nick Briant from New Zealand get their first taste of Super Rugby with their selections.
"Along with the five new referees introduced to Super Rugby in 2012, we have a very strong nucleus of younger referees, blended with some of the best in the world at the top of their game."
The full Super Rugby Referee Team for 2013 is:
Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Jonathan Kaplan, Lourens van der Merwe, Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha (South Africa)
Chris Pollock, Glen Jackson, Garratt Williamson, Jonathon White, Mike Fraser, Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Steve Walsh, Andrew Lees, Angus Gardner, James Leckie, Rohan Hoffman (Australia)
Francisco Pastrana (Argentina).

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Maori Sports Referee of the Year   (0 Comments)

Congratulations Glen Jackson on winning at the recent Maori Sports Awards for Referee of the Year 2012.

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Gearing Up for Three National Championships   (0 Comments)

The NZRU High Performance Referees squad meet for three days at the beginning of August, starting with a visit to the Linton Military Camp, to complete Scrum Coaching under the direction of Mike Cron, Physical Assessment and Team Building with the NZDF led by Davey Forbes.
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Match Officials Named for Rugby Championship   (0 Comments)

The International Rugby Board has announced the appointment of match officials for the inaugural Rugby Championship, which begins on August 18.
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Refereeing Milestone   (0 Comments)

A refereeing milestone will be reached on Saturday 23 June when Keith Brown will control his 100th first class fixture in the Fiji vs Tonga match, in Fiji.
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