Stuart Dickinson

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Stuart Dickinson
Dickinson for the 2007 RWC.
Date of birth (1968-07-19) 19 July 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
1995-2010
2000-2009
2002-2008
2003-2011
1997-2011
Super Rugby
Six Nations Championship
Tri Nations Championship
The Rugby World Cup
Total Tests
12
8
3
8
50

Stuart Dickinson (born 19 July 1968) is an Australian former rugby union referee. Dickinson has refereed in many rugby competitions, including the Rugby World Cup, Tri Nations, Six Nations Championship, international friendlies, Super Rugby and Shute Shield. He was a referee at the 1999, 2003 & 2011 Rugby World Cups. He is Australia's most-capped referee, and the only Australian referee to appear at three Rugby World Cups.

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Referee career

Dickinson commenced refereeing at the age of 12 while also playing fly-half and fullback for Epping Boys' High School. He was employed full-time with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) from 1996 to 2011. Prior to 1996, he worked as a site manager for Linfox, a transport company as well as with the New South Wales Police Force.

He made his international refereeing debut in 1997 in a Rugby World Cup qualifier between Tahiti and Papua New Guinea. He refereed his first international match between two Tier 1 nations a year later for the 1998 international between Wales and South Africa at Wembley.

Dickinson refereed several pool games in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including Fiji's upset of Wales. Shortly after the 2007 World Cup, Dickinson authored a book entitled "The Rugby World Cup Diaries – A referee's inside view."

Dickinson was publicly criticised by International Rugby Board referees' manager Paddy O'Brien for his refereeing of the scrums in the Italy v New Zealand Test Match at the San Siro Stadium in Milan on 14 November 2009. O'Brien stated that Dickinson had got it "completely wrong", believing the Italian tight-head prop, Martin Castrogiovanni was boring in on his opposite. This led to outrage by the Australian Rugby Union, who issued a formal complaint to the IRB against Paddy O'Brien. O'Brien ended up apologising to Stuart Dickinson and the Australian Rugby Union: "I have unreservedly apologised to Stuart Dickinson for the action of publicly discussing elements of his performance review and would like to extend that apology to the Australian Rugby Union," said O'Brien.

Retirement

In 2010 despite being rated in the Top 3 SANZAR Referees (after being appointed to the Super Rugby semi-final in Soweto) he was overlooked for the 6 Nations tournament for the first time since 2000. Then in 2011 Dickinson was overlooked for the Rugby World Cup. O'Brien denied there was any vendetta against Dickinson. Dickinson subsequently announced his retirement from refereeing on 27 September 2011.[1] He currently resides in Sydney with his wife and three children.

Test Match Honour Roll

Stuart Dickinsons 50 Test Caps are:

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