McMurdo looking forward to new rugby challenge

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North Otago Rugby Referees president Hamish McMurdo is the latest from the region to be appointed to a role with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

McMurdo, who is a referee review officer for rugby referees in North Otago, was acknowledged for his ability to improve referee performance with promotion to the New Zealand Rugby Union Referee Review panel.

His job will involve guiding the top five referees in the country, Glen Jackson, Nick Briant, Garratt Williamson, Chris Pollock and Mike Fraser as well as monitoring the next six after these ones who are trying to make it as professional referees.

McMurdo said he was looking forward to working with the country’s top talent.

“It will be awesome. I was Nick Briant’s referee coach for three years when he was studying down in Christchurch and now 11 years later he is a professional. I’m quite proud of that.”

One of the perks of the job will be getting to go to some different ITM Cup games to review the performance of the referee live, while he will also record some of the games and review the referee on television.

“Reviewing them live is a lot more beneficial than on television, but I can’t get to every game.”

McMurdo said he was looking forward to the new role.

“It will be great fun getting to work with top referees in the country and helping pick out their work-ons.”

Although it is a year-by-year role at the moment, McMurdo is hoping he performs well so he can continue for years to come.

“I’d like to continue it on for years to come. That would be awesome, but it comes down to how much the referees take in from me and if we get along.”

He is one of three to be selected for the role and the only one based in the South Island.

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