AN international rugby ref will be blowing the whistle at The Armidale School First XV’s last home game for the season on Saturday, when TAS hosts Shore School in the sixth round of the GPS Third Grade rugby competition.
Andrew Lees has presided over 12 Super Rugby matches since his first fixture between the Rebels and Bulls in May 2012.
After taking up refereeing in 1996, he started officiated senior rugby in Sydney in 2001 and made his international debut in 2008 on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.
His test debut was Niue v Solomon Islands in 2011, and since 2013 has been on the referees panel of SANZAR, the body charged with running two of the world's pre-eminent Rugby Union competitions, Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship.
“It is a great privilege to have Andrew Lees refereeing at TAS in what is the last home game of the season which is also TAS Old Boys’ Weekend,” TAS Director of Co-curricular Will Caldwell said.
“We are grateful to Shore for making this possible, and no doubt there will be plenty of up and coming referees keen to pick up from one of the masters of the business.”
Shore is bringing 11 teams from the 13s upwards.
The First XV match kicks off at 12.15pm, with the top-of-the-table TAS outfit hoping to continue their undefeated season.
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