Reason you started refereeing?
I started refereeing as part of my community service activity for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I took it up in a more serious way following a neck injury in 2005 when (whilst playing at Fullback) I went to tackle a prop who easily had 30kgs on me. My head went straight into his stomach and following the usual safety routine, I decided that was probably it for my playing days.
Best on-field rugby highlights?
Refereeing the final at the SANIX World Youth Tournament in 2013
My first Super Rugby AR appointment between the Rebels and Crusader at AAMI Park in Melbourne. 18,000 people and the Rebels in an upset victory.
Being appointed as an Assistant Referee to the Shute Shield Grand Final 2012
Best off-field rugby highlights?
Singing with some of the Japanese Rugby Union Board at a Karaoke Bar in Fukuoka, Japan whilst on tour for the SANIX World Youth Tournament. Our rendition of Billy Joel’s “Longest Time” was a crowd pleaser.
Darwin 7s – Everything about the tournament is unique, from the teams it attracts to the conditions (30 degrees and 95% humidity)
The Annual ARU Referees Go-Kart challenge (Wooden Spoon 2 years running)
Occupation and interests outside of rugby?
I am a lawyer (specialising in Property and Hotels at Baker & McKenzie). Interests outside of rugby - sailing, golf, country and jazz music.
Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?
Observe, breath, decide.