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New Zealand referees to appear at the Olympics

NZ Rugby

allblacks.com     12 Apr 2016     NZ Rugby

With rugby set to re-join the Olympic Games for the first time since 1924, World Rugby has announced a panel of 12 men and 12 women to take charge of the fixtures. New Zealand’s Nick Briant and Richard Kelly have been selected on the men’s panel along with Jess Beard on the women’s panel. 

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Former Scotland international and Chairman of the World Rugby Match Official Selection Committee said: “It is the culmination of incredibly hard work over many years and, under the leadership of sevens referee Paddy O’Brien, they can go on to represent their unions and World Rugby on the biggest sporting stage of them all.”

Other features of the panel include referees from non-traditional rugby nations Spain and Hong Kong and Rugby World Cup 2011 final referee Craig Joubert on the men’s panel. FULL PANEL.
FACT FILES: 

NICK BRIANT
Born: 1981
Started refereeing: 2002
Sevens World Series matches: 94

RICHARD KELLY
Born: 1982
Started refereeing: 2006
Sevens World Series matches: 81

JESS BEARD:
Born: 1991
Started refereeing: 2008
Sevens World Series matches: 52