Cole to join referee selection panel

(IRB.COM) Monday 25 November 2013
 Cole to join referee selection panel
Andrew Cole took charge of 31 Tests during his career as an international referee

Former international referee Andrew Cole from Australia has been appointed to sit on the IRB Match Official Selection Committee following the withdrawal of South Africa’s Tappe Henning.

Cole took charge of 31 Tests during his career and since retiring in 2005 he has remained in the Game, currently serving as Australia’s national referee coach.

Meanwhile, Henning has taken up a full-time position with the Scottish Rugby Union as referee commissioner. In that role he will train, educate and mentor Scotland’s top match officials.

Chairman of the selection committee John Jeffrey said: “On behalf of the IRB I would like to thank Tappe for all his hard work on the committee. He has always provided a constructive and insightful voice around the table and his input has been extremely valuable. I have no doubt he will be every bit as effective in his new role with the SRU as he has been in South Africa.”

“Given Tappe was going to be a hard act to follow, we are fortunate to be able to call upon the services of Andrew Cole as his replacement. I look forward to working with Andrew on the panel as we build the strongest match officials panel possible ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015.”

Henning said: “I would like to thank the IRB most sincerely for the opportunity given to me to serve on this committee over the past eight years. I wish them all the best in their efforts to continue to develop and provide quality match officials to the top end of the game. I am certainly eager to ensure that Scottish Rugby Referees does its part to contribute to that elite group of officials.”

As well as Cole, the IRB Match Official Selection Committee, chaired by John Jeffrey, comprises former elite referees Lyndon Bray (SANZAR), Donal Courtney (European Rugby Cup), Clayton Thomas (Six Nations) and IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joël Jutge.

The committee meets four times a year and makes selections for the next international window with all performances reviewed in advance of selection.