Despite the BC Rugby Provincial Club Season coming to an end in early May, BC’s referees are still busy. Over the next few months BC will be well represented by its referees across the world in Japan, USA, and Peru.
Veteran Judicial Officer Alan Hudson will head to Japan in September to serve on the Judicial Panel of the Rugby World Cup. The Vancouver native is a veteran of 3 British and Irish Lions tours and will now be a Judicial Chair for the first Rugby World Cup held in Asia.
“I am deeply honoured to be appointed to another Rugby World Cup. This one promises to be particularly memorable as it is the first one to be held in Asia,” said Hudson. “World Rugby in the last few years has emphasized alignment and consistency between the on-field match officials and the off-field disciplinary officials. We are looking forward to putting this into practice in Japan on the biggest rugby stage of all.”
“Huddy” is a member of both the BC Rugby Hall of Fame and Rugby Canada Hall of Fame.
Vancouver Island-based Latoya Blackwood has wasted no time since refereeing the 2019 BC Women’s Premier Club Final. A former Canadian international who represented Canada at the 2014 Rugby World Cup, Blackwood has officiated at the BC Girls High School Championships and took charge of two fixtures in Kelowna at the Best of the West Women’s Series between Alberta and BC this past weekend.
Julianne Zussman also refereed at the Best of the West Women’s Series between Alberta and BC, and will be heading to San Diego as an Assistant Referee at the World Rugby Women’s Super Series in July.
Vancouver’s Shanda Mosher-Gallant has had a busy spring refereeing at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series in Hong Kong, and has been attending World Rugby’s Women’s High Performance Academy in South Africa. In July Mosher-Gallant will head to Lima, Peru to referee at the Pan American Games.