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Referees for Sevens, Day 1

Paddy O'Brien, World Rugby's manager of Sevens referees, has appointed the referees for the 24 matches on Day 1. Mike Adamson of Scotland blows the whistle to start the day and then several hours later the referee to end the day.


The matches will take place in newish Westpac Stadium in New Zealand's capital city and it is always a jolly occasion.

The referees for the tournament are Mike Adamson (Scotland), Nick Briant (New Zealand), Craig Joubert (South Africa), Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Anthony Moyes (Australia), Matt O'Brien (Australia), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa) and Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa).

For all of them there is the carrot of a possible appointment to the Olympic Games later this year.

Matches with Kick-off Times, Teams and Referees

11.30: France vs England – Referee: Mike Adamson

11.52: USA vs Samoa – Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge


12.14: Argentina vs Wales – Referee: Craig Joubert

12.36: Fiji vs Japan – Referee: Matt O'Brien

12.58: Kenya vs Canada – Referee: Richard Kelly

13.20: Australia vs Portugal – Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen


13.42: South Africa vs Scotland – Referee: Nick Briant

14.04: New Zealand vs Russia – Referee: Anthony Moyes

14.32: France vs Samoa – Referee: Matt O'Brien

14.54: USA vs England – Referee: Craig Joubert

15.16: Argentina vs Japan – Referee: Anthony Moyes

15.38: Fiji vs Wales – Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

16.00: Kenya vs Portugal – Referee: Nick Briant

16.22: Australia vs Canada – Referee: Mike Adamson

16.44: South Africa vs Russia – Referee: Richard Kelly

17.06: New Zealand vs Scotland – Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

17.28: England vs Samoa – Referee: Anthony Moyes

17.54: France vs USA – Referee: Nick Briant

18.20: Wales vs Japan – Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

18.46: Argentina vs Fiji – Referee: Richard Kelly

19.12: Canada vs Portugal – Referee: Matt O'Brien

19.38: Kenya vs Australia – Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

20.04: Scotland vs Russia – Referee: Craig Joubert

20.30: South Africa vs New Zealand – Referee: Mike Adamson

Photo: Rasta Rasivhenge

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