Rugby is back in British Columbia for 2022 – and it has been a busy start to the year for BC officials!
It isn’t just Clubs and players who have been busy planning for the new Spring season. Our referees have been training hard in preparation for the return of our Senior leagues, kicking off on January 29th.
Rugby officiating opens doors globally, with several top BC officials having already been selected to officiate big international events on the horizon.
Julianne Zussman has been selected to officiate at the upcoming Six Nations U20 Championship, which returns to its usual format this year – following the same weekends as the Senior Men’s championship. Zussman recently officiated the HSBC Spain Sevens Women’s Cup Final in Malaga.
Chris Assmus has been selected to referee Major League Rugby for the upcoming 2022 season, including the first ever MLR regular season match to be hosted in British Columbia. The Toronto Arrows take on the Los Angeles Giltinis at Langford’s Starlight Stadium on February 11.
Brad Schwalger has been selected as an Assistant Referee in MLR for 2022, while Shanda Assmus has been selected as a TMO for the North American competition. Shanda will also head to Dubai to officiate the Rugby World Cup repechage, for qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
LEARN TO OFFICIATE RUGBY – NEW LEVEL 1 COURSES ANNOUNCED!
Anyone can become a Rugby referee with the right attitude! BC Rugby is here to support that process from start to finish. We’re pleased to announce four new Level 1 Courses that have been confirmed for Spring 2022 – click on the links below for further details about courses in your area!
There are many benefits to officiating Rugby. It is a great way to stay involved in Rugby after playing, and give something back to the sport. Officiating also helps with your own personal and professional development, while broadening your Rugby knowledge. It keeps you both physically and mentally fit and allows you to enter the incredibly rewarding community of referees in BC!
Rugby Officials come from all backgrounds, from ex-National players to armchair enthusiasts who want to become more involved with the sport.