Following an impressive Pink Batts Heartland Championship season, local referee Nick Webster has been selected for the NZRU Referee Wider Training Groupfor 2015.
Webster is the second North Otago referee selected in as many years following Craig Kingan’s selection and is one of only three referees to be selected from Heartland Unions.
Craig Kingan will now return to North Otago to further develop his skills and push for future selection at National level.
Webster said he will be looking to learn as much as possible from the experience.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.
“The growth of refereeing in North Otago has increased,with Colin Hawk coming down, he had a big influence on the North Otago Referees Association so that was a boost.”
The 34-year-old will meet up with the other selected referees in March, May and September.
By JAMES FORD