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By ARU Media Unit
Australia’s Anthony Moyes, Matthew O’Brien and Amy Perrett have been selected by the IRB to officiate in the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this June.
The three Australians are part of panel of 17 referees that will preside over the 58 men's and 42 women's matches.
ARU CEO, Bill Pulver, congratulated the trio on their appointments.
“Anthony, Matthew and Amy have all worked hard to be selected for the Rugby World Cup Sevens,” Mr Pulver said.
“To have three Australian officials out of 17 officiating at the tournament in June is a wonderful reflection on the job our HPU department is doing in developing our refereeing stocks.
“I wish Anthony, Matthew and Amy the very best and hope they enjoy their well-deserved opportunity and the experience that will come with officiating at the game’s highest level.”
The International Rugby Board announced the panel of 17 match officials overnight which also included 23 dedicated assistant referees and in-goal assistants.
The selections were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee, chaired by John Jeffrey.
With competition for places intense, the Committee considered all performances on the record-breaking HSBC Sevens World Series and the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, which is playing a key role in promoting the very best female referees.
Mr Jeffrey said the panel contained a blend of the very best men’s and women’s international referees who have proven themselves in the challenging HSBC Sevens World Series and IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.
“All are included on merit,” Mr Jeffrey said.
"The seven female referees appointed to the tournament will take charge of matches in the Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens competition, which runs alongside the men's.
“It is a great opportunity for referees who have proven themselves on the Women’s Series to showcase their talent on Rugby Sevens' biggest global stage.
"Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 promises to be a spectacular global showcase for teams and fans and for our match officials the experience will be no different.
“As we build towards our Olympic Games return in 2016, the event will provide exposure to a high-intensity, high-paced environment that tests physical, aerobic and mental skills.”
The entire men’s referee panel are: James McPhail (New Zealand); Anthony Moyes; Matthew O’Brien (both Australia); Marius van der Westhuizen; Rasta Rasivhenge (both South Africa); Federico Anselmi (Argentina); Rhys Thomas (Wales); Kevin White (Scotland) and Alexandre Ruiz (France). James Bolabiu (Fiji) is the only male panel member to have officiated in Dubai four years ago. The panel will be supported by 16 specialist assistant and in-goal Referees.
The entire women’s referee panel are: Marlize Jordaan (South Africa); Sherry Trumbull (Canada); Amy Perrett (Australia); Chelsea Gurr; Jess Beard (both New Zealand); Leah Berard (USA) and Gabriel Lee (Hong Kong), who took charge of a captivating women’s final in 2009. They will be supported by seven specialist assistant and in-goal Referees, completing a record panel of 14 female match officials selected for the event.
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.