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George Ayoub (born 23 October 1963) is an Australian professional rugby union referee. He is currently a member of the Super Rugby panel for Television Match Officials (known as TMO), and is a former Test Match referee.[2]

George Ayoub
Birth nameGeorge Joseph Peter Ayoub
Date of birth (1963-10-23) 23 October 1963 (age 56)
Place of birthSydney, Australia[1]
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
2001–2007
2000–2004
Test Matches
Super Rugby
IRB Sevens World Series

Born in Sydney, Ayoub trained as a teacher and took up refereeing in 1990 when he was a schoolmaster at St Patrick's College, Strathfield.[3][4] By 1995 he was refereeing senior rugby in Sydney and he was selected on the Australian referees panel in 1996.[4] He made his Super Rugby debut in May 2000, refereeing a Super 12 match between the Sharks and Chiefs in Durban.[5]

Ayoub was appointed to his first Test in May 2002 between Japan and Tonga,[6] and went on to referee 3 Tests and 17 Super Rugby matches before he retired at the end of 2007.[3] In 2008 he returned to international rugby as a TMO.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "George Ayoub". ESPN Scrum. 26 May 2002. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ "George Ayoub". Australian Rugby. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Ayoub retires from active refereeing". Planet Rugby. 17 July 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "George Ayoub to retire". Rugby News. 17 July 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Ayoub to make Super 12 refereeing debut". ESPN Scrum. 1 May 2000. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Japan v Tonga at Kumagaya". ESPN Scrum. 26 May 2002. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  7. ^ Hal, Louise (13 July 2008). "Super-fit but that just did not count". Fairfax. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.