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By ARU Media Unit
Australian referee Anthony Moyes will become the first referee in the world to reach the milestone of 200 Sevens matches this weekend at the London Sevens.
Moyes’ first international tournament was in the Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament and the first match he managed was between a New Zealand outfit and the Arabian Gulf. Since then Moyes has become the most experienced Sevens referee, having officiated at numerous top-level Sevens competitions around the world.
At school age, Moyes had always enjoyed watching his father referee. So when the opportunity arose for him to support local competitions, he eagerly put his hand up and followed the referee pathway.
In the lead up to the London Sevens, Moyes expressed his excitement in reaching the milestone.
“It’s very exciting to be in a position to referee my 200th game at the HSBC World Series Sevens event in London.
“For me, refereeing is one of my great passions and to have done it for this long has been a great adventure.”
The next stepping stone following the World Series awaits Moyes in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Coincidently South America is the only continent that he hasn’t chartered thus far in his refereeing career, and so Moyes is looking forward to being involved with the Sevens in the Olympics.
“My family have been amazingly supportive of my Sevens refereeing. I owe a lot to my wife Alison and our three kids who have tolerated my time away from home over the years. Thank you!
“I would like to thank the Australian Rugby Union and World Rugby for allowing me this opportunity to reach this milestone in my career and I look forward to the series next year, with some new tournament venues and everyone preparing for the Olympics.”
The London Sevens will be the fifth round of the Women’s World Series and the ninth round of the HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series and will kickoff this Friday.
With qualification places to Rio still available, both the men’s and women’s will be looking to improve on their recent form in order to achieve the top four ranking required to automatically qualify for the Olympics.
Sitting in fifth place, the Qantas Men’s Sevens face an uphill battle, needing to leapfrog England to qualify for Rio.
The team will also face Wales and Japan in their other pool matches.
The Qantas Women’s Sevens will also be looking to put their seventh place finish in Canada behind them as they aim to maintain their third placed ranking.
Their first day of action will feature pool games against Fiji, China and the United States.