Referee News October 2016

October 05 2016

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LaBreche and Assmus Appointed to World Rugby Sevens Series

from Rugby Canada
posted Oct 5 2016

Rose LaBreche and Chris Assmus have both been appointed to the 2016-17 HSBC Sevens Series referee team.

LaBreche, who was part of the officiating crew at the Rio 2016 Olympics, will officiate at women’s series stops in Sydney and Langford as well as at the Dubai Invitational. It marks the third straight year that LaBreche has refereed at Canada’s home tournament in Langford.

Assmus will head to Las Vegas, Vancouver and Hong Kong as he makes his debut on the series.

“‘It’s really exciting for Rugby Canada to have both Rose and Chris selected to referee on the 2016-17 HSBC Sevens series,” said Andrew McMaster, Rugby Canada’s Manager of Match Official High Performance. “This is great recognition for all the hard work they have both put in over the last number of years, with both of them having refereed at the Pan-Am Games and Rose’s involvement at the Rio Olympics. This also demonstrates to young, up-and-coming referees across Canada that these opportunities can happen if you put in the time, effort and commitment.”

Assmus, 28, refereed three games during the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship and an assistant referee in Vancouver for the HSBC Sevens Series as well as for the USA’s two summer test matches against Italy and Russia. He has also officiated at the NACRA Sevens, the Pan-Am Games and in 2013 took the whistle for the USA vs. New Zealand Maori matchup.

“I am honoured and thrilled to be involved in the HSBC Sevens Series this year,” said Assmus. “Vancouver is my home tournament so I am stoked to be involved in that. Vegas looks like a unique environment and Hong Kong needs no introduction. I am also looking forward to working with my friend Rose. It's just as exciting to see her involved as it is to be involved myself.”

LaBreche has been a fixture on the HSBC Women's Sevens Series referee team the past few seasons, and worked last year's Pan-Am Games in Toronto, but has also worked in the fifteens game, refereeing games in last year's Women's Rugby Super Series in Alberta as well as an assistant during Canada's Rugby World Cup warm-up game against the Glasgow Warriors in Halifax.

“I'm ecstatic and honoured to be a part of the World Series this season,” LaBreche said. “It will offer new challenges as the game is always changing and becoming faster paced. It's also incredibly special to share the experience with Chris as we will be in a position to support and encourage one another in our pursuits!"

Men's Panel: Chris Assmus (Rugby Canada) Pierre Brousset (FFR) Ben Crouse (SARU) Pablo De Luca (UAR) James Dolman (NZRU) Paulo Duarte (FPR) Craig Evans (WRU) Sam Grove White (SRU) Richard Haughton (RFU) Nori Hashimoto (JRFU) Adam Jones (WRU) Richard Kelly (NZRU) Jaco Kotze (SARU) Damon Murphy (ARU) Mike O'Brien (USA) Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU) Matt Rodden (HKRFU) Tevita Rokovereni (FRU) Damian Schneider (UAR) Kaveni Talemaivavalagi (FRU) Jordan Way (ARU)

Women's Panel: Aimee Barrett (SARU) Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR) Sara Cox (RFU) Ben Crouse (SARU) Hollie Davidson (SRU) Adam Jones (WRU) Sakurako Kawasaki (JRFU) Rose La Breche (Rugby Canada) Rebecca Mahoney (NZRU) Joy Neville (IRFU) Alhambra Nievas (FER) Amy Perrett (ARU)

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