Record number of international appointments for NZ referees

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For the first time New Zealand will have six Test referees officiate matches in the June Internationals as well as assistant referee and TMOs appointments.

Glen Jackson, Ben O’Keeffe, Mike Fraser, Brendon Pickerill, Paul Williams and Nick Briant will all control one Test match each and perform assistant referee duties in other fixtures.

Jackson and O'Keeffe will both take charge of Tests between England and South Africa, with Williams overseeing Australia v Ireland.

Cam Stone, a member of the National Referee Squad, has three assistant referee appointments while Ben Skeen, Aaron Patterson Shane McDermott will all complete TMO duties.

In total, 15 of the 28 June Tests will have New Zealand referee involvement.
Sevens referees Richard Kelly and Rebecca Mahoney are currently in Australia preparing to take charge of sevens matches at the Commonwealth Games while Jamie Nutbrown has been named in the refereeing panel for the World Rugby Under 20 Championship.
National Referee Manager Bryce Lawrence said these appointments reinforce New Zealand’s ability to produce world class referees.

“Our current crop of high performance referees are working incredibly hard and continue to achieve on the world stage. These appointments will see them involved in the biggest matches during the June Internationals which is an exciting prospect. 

“Having our referees involved in so many top fixtures reaffirms the pathways on offer for referees in our country.

“The opportunities for referees continue to grow; its an exciting time to be in the game and we encourage anyone interested in picking up the whistle to get in touch with their local referee association,” said Lawrence.

For full list of appointments, click here.

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