10 Jun 2020
It feels so good to be able to list appointments of referees to matches on the coming weekend. It feels as if normalcy is near at half.
Normalcy? Not quite there are only two matches, both, unsurprisingly, in New Zealand, both with crowds taro watch them, both to be broadcast live.
The last weekend we did this for was 16 March 2020 - three months ago.
As Winston Churchill once surmised, perhaps this is the beginning of the end. It is a consummation devoutly to be wished.
Super Rugby Aotearoa, Round 1
There are five teams involved, the four this weekend plus the Crusaders.
Highlanders vs Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Ben O’Keeffe
Television match official: James Doleman
Blues vs Hurricanes at Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe, James Doleman
Television match official: Brendon Pickerill