New Referees' Panels for Australia
Rugby Australia has announced its match official panels to control top domestic rugby throughout Australia in 2020. Several top achievers are back.
In Japan, both Nic Berry and Angus Gardiner took to the field during the Rugby World Cup, marking the first time Australia boasted two match officials at a Rugby World Cup since 2003 when Australia had four referees in their home World Cup – Stuart Dickinson , Andrew Cole, Peter Marshall and Scott Young.
Tyler Miller, Maddy Putz, Amy Perrett, Damon Murphy and Jordan Way will also return to the HSBC Sevens World Series with all team members set to take the field at the Sydney 7s this weekend in front of their home crowd.
While Amber McLachlan will continue her involvement in the International Women’s XV arena taking the reins of her first Women’s Six Nations clash on March 7 when England take on Wales at The Stoop in Twickenham before again taking control of France vs Ireland on March 15.
Nic Berry and Angus Gardner have again been recognised on the tier one stage, earning appointments during the Guinness Six Nations taking control of Ireland v Italy in Dublin and Wales vs Scotland in Cardiff respectively.
Rugby Australia National Match Referee Manager, Scott Young said: “Our national team for 2020 is filled with a vast array of experience and has strong representation from across the country.
“Last year we made some key appointments, bringing in both Mitch Chapman and Brendan McKibbin and the impact that they have had in their coaching capacity has seen our representation of referees on the world stage flourish.
“I’d also like to congratulate the five new additions to the national team, with Will, Aaron, Reuben, Richard and James all joining the squad in a development capacity.
“They have all shown a great deal of potential and will work closely alongside Brendan McKibbin to continue to develop.”
2020 National Match Officials
Nic Berry (Queensland), Graham Cooper (Western Australia), Amber McLachlan( Victoria), Tyler Miller (Western Australia), Damon Murphy(Queensland), Angus Gardiner (New South Wales), Amy Perrett (New South Wales), Maddy Putz (Western Australia), Jordan Way (Queensland)
2020 National Match Official Development Squad
Reuben Keane (ACT), Richard Manchee (NSW), Aaron Pook (Queenslan), Will Pugsley (Queensland), James Quinn NSW)
2020 Television Match Officials
George Ayoub (New South Wales), James Leckie (New South Wales), Ian Smith (New South Wales)
2020 National Referee Coaches
Scott Young, National Referee Manager
Mitch Chapman, National Referee Coach
Brendan McKibbin, National Referee Development Coach
Matthew Goddard, Chair of Selection
Anthony Moyes, National Sevens Coordinator
Lauren Kelly, National Women’s Coordinator