Reason you started refereeing?
As Rugby players at school, we were encouraged to referee – not only to assist with younger ages, but to teach us about the game – the Laws, what we were allowed to do, and what we could get away with!
Once university studies took over, my playing days were finished, and refereeing was the logical way to stay involved in the game. Still involved 25 years later!!
Best on-field rugby highlights?
Being part of the Referee team for the 3rd and deciding Wallabies v Lions Test in Sydney in 2001. The loudest, most intense sporting cauldron I have experienced.
Having the pleasure and privilege of refereeing many Australian and International Test players.
Seeing Jonah Lomu running at full pace straight at me. My life flashed before me!
Having my son as Assistant Referee.
Best off-field rugby highlights?
Travelling to many parts of Australia and some 12 countries abroad. I have met many great people, visited some amazing places - some spectacular, some seedy. I tasted haggis in Edinburgh, kava in Suva, jellyfish in Dubai and ducks’ tongues in Shanghai.
The wonderful culture of Rugby is universal and I have made a number of lifelong friends.
Since retiring from active refereeing and becoming a referee coach, my major highlight so far was being present at Suncorp Stadium watching Angus Gardner make his Super Rugby debut in 2012 as his coach.
Occupation and interests outside of rugby?
My “real” job is as a Dentist, practising in Sydney. I enjoy socializing with family & friends; live music; most sports; and riding a longboard rather badly. I have competed in a few Triathlons (mainly the shorter ones !). I also try to see as much of the world as possible – especially those places with vineyards.
Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?
Watch and learn from other referees, but never try to be someone you’re not. Oh, and stay out of Jonah’s way.