29 Feb 2016

This years’ Hong Kong Schools Rugby Union D Grade Tournament has seen the start of a new refereeing initiative. Students from all participating schools were invited to attend refereeing education sessions to allow them to referee in the Tournament which all forms part of a Level 1 Refereeing qualification.

The first Round of the competition was held on Wednesday the 24th of February where Alex Llewellyn, Alex Yang, Chris Lowcock, James Terry (South Island School), Dylan White, Martin Cho (King George V School), Joshua Mellor, Bryan Lam (Sha Tin College) and Brayden Hudson (Discovery College) refereed their school mates in what was the first time they had taken up the whistle. They were joined by HKRU Junior Referees Owen Ford, Oliver Lucas (Sha Tin College) and Francesco Cammisa (West Island School). Sam Jupp from Sha Tin College attended the course but was away with the U17 7s team during the tournament. Allen Judge was also on hand to gain some experience.

All the referees did exceptionally well for their first experience on the field and received guidance thanks to Referee Coaches Leo Chuan and Willy Chan as well as HKRU staff. They will get another crack this Wednesday when the second round kicks off.

The initiative provides young rugby players with the knowledge and experience of refereeing to help them improve their understanding of the game. It also allows players to be refereed by someone around their own age which allows a greater understanding between the teams and the referee. These young referees are now on the pathway that can see them reach international level within Asia and around the world. If you would like to get involved or learn more about this and other initiatives run by the HKRU including the Junior Referee Development Program, please email [email protected]