Zussman participated at three Rugby World Cups as a player and made her test debut as a referee in November 2021 when she took charge of Canada versus the USA in the inaugural Pacific Four Series. Since then, she has refereed three further test matches, including the Men’s Under-20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales in February.
She recently refereed the BC Rugby Women’s Premier League final between Vancouver Thunderbirds and Castaway Wanderers on May 7.
Zussman’s referee career has seen her appointed to the Tokyo Olympic Games and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2019-20 and 2021-22, including at the 2022 HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford, BC. She will be an Assistant Referee in New Zealand.
“This is obviously going to be a different World Cup experience, this role will be very different. It’s a privilege to play a part in the background, knowing what this competition means to the teams involved. New Zealand is a rugby nation and, no doubt, will host an incredible event.” Julianne Zussman