Mahoney makes history in Hong Kong

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Mahoney will become just the sixth New Zealander to both play and officiate in a Test match. The other members of the elite group are: George Nicholson, Eric Tindill, Frank McMullen, Jimmy Duncan and Nicky Inwood.

This accolade caps off a magnificent year for Mahoney including officiating the Farah Palmer Cup final, the Jock Hobbs Memorial Under 19 Tournament and being nominated as the referee of the year at the ASB Rugby Awards.

Mahoney last played for the Black Ferns in 2011 and scored 23 points from 13 Tests.