Ex-Sevens player Murphy joins Super Rugby referees

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Damon Murphy has joined the growing ranks of ex-professional players in the refereeing world after being added to the Super Rugby list for 2019.

Murphy has been a regular in NRC and the Sevens circuit in recent years but this is his first appointment in Super Rugby.

The former Aussie Sevens player joins fellow Australians Nic Berry and Angus Gardner in the Super Rugby ranks.

Damon Murphy has been refereeing on the World Sevens circuit since 2016. Photo: Getty ImagesBerry, who played for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby, has been a revelation in the XVs refereeing world and was selected to referee two Six Nations matches this summer.

Will Houston has dropped out of a reduced 15-man squad, along with Japanese referee Shuhei Kubo and Jamie Nutbrown.

This year's group has dropped from 17 to 15 in the wake of SANZAAR's recent review of refereeing systems.

The first round of Super Rugby kicks off on Friday February 15.

SQUAD

Super Rugby referees 2019

 Federico Anselmi  

 Nic Berry  

 Nick Briant  

 Mike Fraser  

 Angus Gardner  

 AJ Jacobs  

 Glen Jackson  

 Ben O’Keeffe  

 Jaco Peyper  

 Brendon Pickerill  

 Rasta Rasivhenge  

 Egon Seconds  

 Marius van der Westhuizen  

 Paul Williams  

 Damon Murphy