World Rugby Sevens - Refereeing

August 23 2019

Julianne Zussman - Hometown Heroes Award

Julianne Zussman Named to World Rugby Sevens Series as One of 26 Match Officials

Canada finally get a referee appointment from World Rugby and it's Julianne Zussman from Mount Royal, Quebec. Julianne played most of her club rugby in BC during her national team years. She was part of the Velox powerhouse teams circa 2011 before a number of Velox women broke off and helped to form the successful CW women's program in 2015.

When she retired from playing rugby, she took up reffing. It was a meteoric rise to the top as she was still playing rugby in the spring of 2018. She reffed at the Olympic Qualifiers in the Cayman Islands earlier this year.

It's a good news success story that can be used to recruit young referees, if you're good, you'll go to the top quickly.

from World Rugby

Match officials appointed for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020

A team of 26 match officials from 15 nations has been announced for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 which commences in Glendale, Colorado on 5-6 October.

This season is set to be the biggest on record with the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series increasing to eight rounds for the first time in history.

The men’s series will once again be contested across ten rounds, kicking off in Dubai on 5-7 December, 2019, with six of those events being combined with women’s tournaments.

The 2020 season will culminate with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will see rugby sevens make its second appearance on the Olympic Games programme following its successful introduction at Rio 2016.

Former Canada international Julianne Zussman joins the women’s series panel this season and will make her match officiating world series debut in the opening tournament in Glendale, Colorado.

Zussman represented her country in both 15s and sevens formats of the game, earning 44 test caps and featuring in three Rugby World Cups throughout her playing career.

Zussman joins an experienced panel of referees who have impressed on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series over a number of seasons.

The men’s panel features 12 officials who have featured on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the last three seasons with the addition of Uruguay’s Francisco Gonzalez who officiated in the Americas Rugby Championship in February this year.

World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chairman Anthony Buchanan commented: “The standard of officiating across the entire HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues to increase year-on-year which is extremely encouraging as we enter a pivotal season for rugby sevens.

“We have a very experienced unit of referees who have a wealth of experience officiating on the world series, which this year features more women’s events than ever before, before the season culminates with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“We would like to congratulate Julianne Zussman from Canada who has been selected for her first HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series; the selection committee is delighted with the quality of match officials available for selection for the men’s and women’s series panels and looks forward to another successful season of rugby sevens.”

Women’s Sevens Series Panel:

Sara Cox (England)
Hollie Davidson (Scotland)
Emily Hsieh (USA)
Lauren Jenner (New Zealand)
Adam Jones (Wales)
Sakurako Kawasaki (Japan)
Tyler Miller (Australia)
Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Joy Neville (Ireland)
Amy Perrett (Australia)
Madeline Putz (Australia)
Tevita Rokoverneni (Fiji)
Julianne Zussman (Canada)

Men’s Sevens Series Panel:

James Doleman (New Zealand)
Paulo Duarte (Portugal)
Craig Evans (Wales)
Francisco Gonzalez (Uruguay)
Sam Grove White (Scotland)
Richard Haughton (England)
Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
Damon Murphy (Australia)
Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Matt Rodden (Hong Kong)
Jeremy Rozier (France)
Damian Schneider (Argentina)
Jordan Way (Australia)

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