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Australia and Argentina suffered crucial injury blows as we approach the final week of pool matches with news that Wycliff Palu (hamstring) and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (knee) will both miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.
Australian coach Robbie Deans indicated he will not call up a replacement just yet but it is believed that Scott Higgenbottom is the next in line should someone be called up.
Stu Dickenson hangs up his whistle (Sport24)
According to the Australian Rugby website, Dickinson was in charge of an Australian record 47 Test matches after controlling his first international in 1997 when Tahiti played Papua New Guinea in a Rugby World Cup qualifier.
He went on to referee at the highest level of the game for 15 seasons, officiating at three Rugby World Cup tournaments – the 1999 event in Wales, 2003 in Australia and 2007 in France.
He also had the honour of winning the inaugural Referee of the Year Award at the annual John Eales Medal evening in 2009 and again in 2010, as well as the Super Rugby Australian Referee of the Year award on a record seven occasions.
Dickinson said he had thoroughly enjoyed his career in refereeing and the journey it had taken him on.
“It’s not often people get to turn their hobby into a career and for that I am eternally grateful,” Dickinson said.
“To have been able to travel the world and take the field with some of the best players the game has ever seen has been a huge honour.
“I want to thank my wife Fiona and our three children Michael, Emily and Isabella who have been incredibly supportive, understanding and patient over the course of my career and I look forward to spending more time with my family in the months and years ahead.
“I also want to thank the ARU and my Australian and international colleagues, the camaraderie and friendships I have made over my time in the game will be truly cherished.
“My decision to hang up the whistle I believe is the right one, as I now have a good opportunity to move into the commercial world and leave the game feeling as though I’ve achieved all I set out to achieve.”