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Federico Anselmi (born 29 August 1982) is a professional rugby union referee who represents the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR).[1]

Federico Anselmi
Birth nameFederico Anselmi
Date of birth (1982-08-29) 29 August 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthMendoza, Argentina
UniversityUniversity of Buenos Aires
Occupation(s)Human Resources Manager
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
Sevens World Series
Test matches
Rugby World Cup Sevens
2015 Rugby World Cup

Super Rugby

He is a regular referee on the Sevens World Series circuit, haven made his debut during the 2009 Dubai Sevens - 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series. He is considered one of the top referees on the seven circuit and was rewarded with a place on the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens referee panel.[2] Since 2010 he has tried to develop into a world class 15's referee, and on 27 October 2012 he made his 15's debut, refereeing the Round 2 final of the Americas 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification between Brazil and Paraguay. He has since gone on to referee more competitive matches, most notable the Canada vs Māori All Blacks match on 3 November 2013.[3] In June 2014, he was on the referring panel for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship,[4] where he refereed 4 matches, 2 of which came in the knock-out stages; South Africa U20 vs New Zealand U20 semi-final, and France U20 vs Australia U20 5th place game.

In 2015, he was an assistant referee for 2 matches in the 2015 Six Nations Championship; Wales vs Ireland and one of the deciding matches in the final round, Scotland vs Ireland. On 1 May 2015, he made his first appearance in the Super Rugby, acting as an assistant referee for the Brumbies–Waratahs match.[5] Not only did this give him experience at XV level, but it gave an Argentine referee experience in the competition ahead of an Argentine club joining it the following year, 2016.

In September 2015, he went to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as an assistant referee and as the most inexperienced referee on the panel, with only 5 XV matches refereed to his name.[6][7]

He joined the Super Rugby referees panel for the 2016 season[8] and remains on the team for 2017.[9]


  1. ^ "El referato argentino continúa en crecimiento (The Argentine refereeing continues to grow)". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  2. ^ RWC Sevens Moscow 2013 Male officials
  3. ^ CANADA FALL TO NZ MAORI ON HISTORIC NIGHT[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship 2014 referees". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  5. ^ "Federico Anselmi en otro partido del Super Rugby". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  6. ^ Match officials announced for Rugby World Cup 2015
  7. ^ Federico Anselmi estará como árbitro asistente en la RWC 2015
  8. ^ 2016 Super Rugby referees confirmed
  9. ^ SANZAAR Reveal 2017 Super Rugby Referee Team