Reason you started refereeing?
I started refereeing when I was in Year 9 at school. I just loved the rugby culture and being involved. Along with playing, refereeing for me was another way to participate.
Best on-field rugby highlights?
Having the opportunity to referee Grand Finals and representative games is always something special. I have enjoyed many 1st XV matches though. The atmosphere and the effort put in by the boys is incredible. There are players that catch your eye and it’s great to see them go on and achieve their potential and represent their state and country.
Every game I’m part of at Super Rugby level is a privilege and a tremendous challenge particularly as TMO’s are thrown some very obscure events to adjudicate on. Making my TMO debut in 2008 (Reds v Highlanders) with Marius Jonker from South Africa in the middle was certainly a moment I’ll never forget.
Best off-field rugby highlights?
I’ve had the privilege of going through my rugby journey with one of my best mates. Fellow ARU referee Ian Smith and I attended St Laurence’s College together and we’ve known each other since Year 6. Several years ago with a group of mates, we went to Dunedin to watch Smithy’s Super rugby debut – Highlanders v Sharks. A fabulous weekend!
The Christchurch Referee interchange with the QRRA is excellent. The hospitality shown by the Christchurch boys is second to none. Swimming at Brighton beach in the middle of winter is hard to forget.
Occupation and interests outside of rugby?
I teach at the Anglican Church Grammar School (or Churchie) in Brisbane. I also coach a rugby side there. It is great to be able to share my knowledge and see young players develop over the course of a season.
I run and cycle to keep fit and I enjoy getting on the pans in the kitchen. Roast pork with crispy crackling and Chardonnay would be my favourite meal. (But bacon makes everything better.)
Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?
Set your standards from the outset. Be harder earlier and then the game will evolve.