RWC News (Tue)

We bring you the latest news from the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Injury update

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.”

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8 comments for “RWC News (Tue)

  1. Profile photo of Loosehead
    September 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Thank goodness that Stu is going! :beer:

  2. Profile photo of KingPaul
    September 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Reply to Loosehead @ 10:17 am:
    The funny thing is that Stu was the TMO in the final of the last RWC. He was the guy who decided that the “try” England scored was not a try….
    Thanx Stu, but off you go now mate….

  3. Profile photo of mawm-the-ever-hopeful-shark
    September 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Reply to KingPaul @ 10:44 am: The foot was on the chalk before…. Oh forget it, England was robbed.
    :bulls supporter:

  4. Profile photo of namboer
    September 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm
  5. Profile photo of DavidS
    September 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Reply to mawm – 100% Bok @ 11:09 am:

    Yeh yeh we wuz roobbed like in every football world cup since 196- when we wuz not robbed…

    Actually Stu got to be quite a good ref eventually…

    He grew up a bit…

    My issues are that there are no new internatinal refs arriving… Stu was #1 ref in the world in 2007 and he still is… along with Jonathan Kaplan…

    As I said earlier the IRB needs to fire Paddy ‘O Brien because he’s done fuckall to advance and introduce new refs to the sport… the same guys who were at 2007 are at 2011…

  6. Profile photo of Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    September 28, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Palu and Lobbe both big losses to their teams and RWC.

    Jeez the Aussies are falling apart. Had them as favourites, oh well should make our semis easier as more of their guys fall.

    Dicko is going :wave: he is such a :whatever: :poop: :tpuke: :finger: :Oos Rander: :brownie: :bulls supporter: :asshole: dam run out of smilies.

    Which ref has given the Boks the most cards and has the highest Bok loss ratio while reffing

    He and his little posse of Walssshhh, Paddie turd are crap biased knobs and as soon as the the other two do the honourable thing and fall on their swords the better for world rugby.

  7. Profile photo of DavidS
    September 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Pattie has too big an ego to fall on his sword and Walsh… just add whiskey…

  8. Profile photo of Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    September 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Reply to DavidS Bok on his heart not his shoulder @ 7:49 am: LOL thats funny. Ja I would have thought an oke reffing while drunk whould have been banned for life, but paddie make him an Aussie instead.


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