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Stuart Dickinson (born 19 July 1968) is an Australian former Rugby union referee. Dickinson has refereed in many rugby competitions, including the Rugby World Cup, Tri Nations, Six Nations, international friendlies, Super 12/14/15, and Shute Shield. He was a referee at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He is Australia's most-capped referee, and the only Australian referee to appear at three Rugby World Cups.

Stuart Dickinson
Date of birth (1968-07-19) 19 July 1968 (age 51)
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
1999–2007
1997–2010
Rugby World Cup
Test Matches
Super Rugby
Tri Nations
Six Nations

Referee careerEdit

Dickinson commenced refereeing at the age of 12 while also playing fly-half and fullback for Epping Boys' High School. He was employed full-time with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) from 1996 to 2011. Prior to 1996, he worked as a site manager for Linfox, a transport company as well as with the New South Wales Police Force.

He made his international refereeing debut in 1997 in a Rugby World Cup qualifier between Tahiti and Papua New Guinea. He refereed his first international match between two Tier 1 nations a year later for the 1998 international between Wales and South Africa at Wembley.

Dickinson refereed several pool games in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including Fiji's upset of Wales. Shortly after the 2007 World Cup, Dickinson authored a book entitled "The Rugby World Cup Diaries – A referee's inside view."

Dickinson was publicly criticised by IRB referees manager Paddy O'Brien for his refereeing of the scrums in the Italy v New Zealand Test Match at the San Siro Stadium in Milan on 14 November 2009. O'Brien stated that Dickinson had got it "completely wrong", believing the Italian tight-head prop, Martin Castrogiovanni was boring in on his opposite. This led to outrage by the Australian Rugby Union, who issued a formal complaint to the IRB against Paddy O'Brien. O'Brien ended up apologising to Stuart Dickinson and the Australian Rugby Union: "I have unreservedly apologised to Stuart Dickinson for the action of publicly discussing elements of his performance review and would like to extend that apology to the Australian Rugby Union," said O'Brien.

RetirementEdit

In 2010 despite being rated in the Top 3 SANZAR Referees (after being appointed to the Super Rugby semi-final in Soweto) he was overlooked for the 6 Nations tournament for the first time since 2000. Then in 2011 Dickinson was overlooked for the Rugby World Cup. O'Brien denied there was any vendetta against Dickinson. Dickinson subsequently announced his retirement from refereeing on 27 September 2011.[1]

Test Match Honour RollEdit

At the Townsville District Rugby Union Referees Dinner on 2 October 2009, Dickinson confirmed (at that time) he had refereed 43 international matches in total. 41 of those matches are listed below.

  • 1997   Papua New Guinea v Tahiti  
  • 1997   Tonga v Cook Islands  
  • 1998   Canada v Argentina  
  • 1998   Hong Kong v South Korea  
  • 1998   Wales v South Africa  
  • 1999   New Zealand v France  
  • 1999   Scotland v Uruguay   (World Cup)
  • 1999   Argentina v Japan   (World Cup)
  • 1999   Ireland v Argentina   (World Cup)
  • 2000   France v England  
  • 2000   South Africa v England  
  • 2000   Wales v Samoa  
  • 2001   France v Scotland  
  • 2001   England v Italy  
  • 2001   New Zealand Maoris v Argentina  
  • 2001   England v South Africa  
  • 2002   Japan v South Korea  
  • 2002   Chinese Taipei v South Korea  
  • 2002   Fiji v Tonga  
  • 2002   New Zealand v South Africa  
  • 2002   Wales v Fiji  
  • 2003   New Zealand v England  
  • 2003   Scotland v Japan   (World Cup)
  • 2003   South Africa v Georgia   (World Cup)
  • 2004   Wales v France  
  • 2004   New Zealand v Pacific Islanders
  • 2005 British and Irish Lions v Argentina  
  • 2005   England v Barbarians
  • 2005   Wales v South Africa  
  • 2006   Ireland v Scotland  
  • 2006   New Zealand v Ireland  
  • 2006   South Africa v France  
  • 2006   France v New Zealand  
  • 2007   New Zealand v France  
  • 2007   New Zealand v South Africa  
  • 2007   USA v Tonga   (World Cup)
  • 2007   Argentina v Namibia   (World Cup)
  • 2007   Wales v Fiji   (World Cup)
  • 2008   Ireland v England  
  • 2008   New Zealand v South Africa  
  • 2008   New Zealand v Samoa  
  • 2008   Wales v Canada  
  • 2009   England v France  
  • 2009   South Africa v British and Irish Lions
  • 2009   Italy v New Zealand  
  • 2010   Argentina v France  
  • 2011 New Zealand vs Fiji

2010 Super 14 SeasonEdit

  • Round 1, 12 February 2010: Hurricanes 34 – 20 Blues
  • Round 7, 26 March 2010: Highlanders 39 – 29 Lions
  • Round 8, 2 April 2010: Western Force 16 – 15 Stormers
  • Round 9, 10 April 2010: Blues 21 – 33 Stormers
  • Round 12, 30 April 2010: Stormers 42 – 14 Crusaders
  • Round 13, 8 May 2010: Sharks 20 – 14 Stormers
  • Semi-Final, 22 May 2010: Bulls 39 – 24 Crusaders

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stu Dickinson calls time on his career". rugby.com.au. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

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