New managers to drive forward IRB Sevens refs
The IRB has appointed two leading former international referees to oversee its strategic development of match officiating across all Rugby Sevens events.
Steve Lander (RFU) has been named IRB Sevens Referee Manager, taking over from Keith Lawrence who retired earlier this year. He is joined by Scott Young (ARU) as IRB Sevens Referee Coach in a new role reflecting the growth of Rugby Sevens and the rising player and fitness standards and demands across the sport.
With an expanded HSBC Sevens World Series set to kick off in Australia next month and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow preceding Sevens’ Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the next five years herald an unprecedented growth in Sevens Rugby’s playing schedule, supported by a new emphasis on elite referee preparation.
“I am delighted to announce that former international referees Steve Lander and Scott Young have been appointed as a new team to drive officiating standards and consistency across Rugby Sevens in an exciting new era for the sport,” said IRB Referee Manager Paddy O’Brien.
“Keith Lawrence had done a magnificent job over the past three years and his retirement provided an opportunity to make these key appointments and ensure that referees perform at a standard that keeps pace with the modern game. Scott has vast experience in coaching and I am confident that, with his expertise, a highly skilled and fully prepared group of match officials will be ready for Rio in 2016. Steve also was an eminent International referee and his partnership with Scott will be important in the nurturing and developing of Sevens Referee specialists.”
Referee appointments for HSBC Sevens World Series 2011/12
The IRB has also announced the match official appointments for the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicks off on Australia’s Gold Coast on 25-26 November and adds a ninth venue in Japan.
Two referees, Australia’s Anthony Moyes and Argentine Federico Anselmi, will attend all nine tournaments.
“This is an exciting time for those Referees selected for the Series. Under the guidance of Scott Young and Steve Lander this is an opportunity for those selected to take Sevens refereeing to a new level,” added O’Brien.
“It’s also a huge chance for them to aspire to being in the middle at an Olympic Games, in Rio in five years time.”
Rugby Sevens continues to grow at pace with more nations taking up the sport following Olympic inclusion. The IRB and its Member Unions are committed to ensuring excellence across all match officials and enabling referees to perform under increasing scrutiny and physical pressure.
HSBC Sevens World Series 2011/12
Round 1 - 25-26 November 2011 - Australia
Round 2 - 2-3 December 2011 - Dubai
Round 3 - 9-10 December 2011 - South Africa
Round 4 - 3-4 February 2012 - New Zealand
Round 5 - 10-12 February 2012 - USA
Round 6 - 23-25 March 2012 - Hong Kong
Round 7 - 31 March - 1 April 2012 - Japan
Round 8 - 5-6 May 2012 - Scotland
Round 9 - 12-13 May 2012 - England