Reason you started refereeing?
I started refereeing because it was encouraged at the school that I attended. I used to referee junior matches in the morning before playing my own game later in the day. I was lucky to have some really encouraging people around me, including my dad, who helped my development.
Best on-field rugby highlights?
Refereeing my first Sevens Cup Final in Hong Kong between New Zealand and England. We had anthems before the game and it was a great opportunity to soak in the atmosphere and get over some nerves.
At Vegas Sevens, in 2013, I was refereeing the 3rd/4th playoff between Samoa and Fiji. It went into extra time after lots of exciting tries and not much involvement from me. During extra time we had a skydiver land to deliver the match ball for the final – he’d already jumped before my game had been tied up at fulltime.
Best off-field rugby highlights?
Shark cage diving in South Africa was amazing. It was a wonderful thing to do as a sevens referee team and I’ll never forget what it was like to have white-pointers lunging towards the cage with jaws open wide.
Karaoke in Tokyo was a great experience, although some of the singing was pretty ordinary. The local referees loved hosting us and did a lot of laughing at us as we tried to sing the classics.
Occupation and interests outside of rugby?
I have a very understanding and supportive wife, as well as three kids.
I am a Primary School Teacher and as part of my role at school, I look after our computer network.
Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?
Relax and enjoy it.
Stop talking so much! You need to cut you’re communication back so that you’re only speaking if you want an action from the players.