• Australian Referee Squad for 2013 - Team Annoucement

    The Australian Rugby Union Referees' Department has yesterday released the names of its Referee Team for 2013.

    Andrew Cole, the ARU National Referee Coach states that "There has been some changes for 2013 and while it’s exciting times for all, particularly to the debutants, Graham and Michael, congratulations to them on earning their opportunity, and welcome, we know that you will bring enthusiasm and healthy competition."

    The full list of the Australian referee squad for 2013 is as follows:

    Graham Cooper (Pictured above)
    Angus Gardner
    Richard Goswell
    Rohan Hoffmann
    Michael Hogan
    Will Houston
    James Leckie
    Andrew Lees
    Ed Martin
    Damien Mitchelmore
    Anthony Moyes
    Matt O’Brien
    Ian Smith
    Steve Walsh
    George Ayoub
    Matt Goddard
    Steve Leszczynski

    Referee Coaches:
    Andrew Cole
    Wayne Erickson
    Scott Young
    Michael Tanzer
    John McCarthy

    The teams first get together will be on January 20 and 21, 2013 in Sydney. This meeting will be to frame the season. The theme will be a re-evaluation of the core components of refereeing. A discussion on all aspects, back-to-basics and best practice principles.

    2013 shapes as a big year for Australian Rugby with Super Rugby and the Lions tour, and this team of highly developed match officials will be at the forefront of the development of the game in Australia.

    RugbyRefs.com wishes to congratulate all who have been named in the squad, and wishes them all success for the 2013 season.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Phil E's Avatar
      Phil E -
      Mr Cooper needs to tuck his shirt in!
    1. ddjamo's Avatar
      ddjamo -
      ^^^^no kidding...I thought they had the wrong photo...
    1. Robert Burns's Avatar
      Robert Burns -
      its a few years old. :-)
    1. KML1's Avatar
      KML1 -
      Interestingly this news isn't on the ARU website, but is on the SARFU one!! Did Paul get it from here??
    1. TigerCraig's Avatar
      TigerCraig -
      Wiil Houston came up from my society - good young ref. Was our gear steward up till last year - until higher things beckoned
    1. Robert Burns's Avatar
      Robert Burns -
      Quote Originally Posted by KML1 View Post
      Interestingly this news isn't on the ARU website, but is on the SARFU one!! Did Paul get it from here??
      I would gather so, unless he got it through Andy Cole who does SANZAR stuff too.
    1. Ian_Cook's Avatar
      Ian_Cook -
      Has Matt Goddard recovered from his back injury then, or his he simply bound for the TMO booth.
    1. Robert Burns's Avatar
      Robert Burns -
      TMO Booth only for Goddo.
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