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Chris Pollock ex Rugby Union referee

About Chris Pollock

Chris Pollock is a retired Rugby Union referee who represented the New Zealand Rugby Union. In 2008, he was part of the IRB’s touch judge panel. He made his international referee debut in 2005, when he refereed Niue vs Tahiti, while his first IRB appointment was in 2006, taking charge of Hong Kong vs Japan.

He was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup referee panel, where he was assistant referee in 6 matches. After refereeing the match between Ireland and Scotland in the 2012 Six Nations Championship, he was among the game’s elite officials with a place in the IRB selection for the 2012 June tests refereeing in the second test of Wales’ tour to Australia.

In 2013, Pollock was responsible for introducing the ref-cam in the Super Rugby. During the round 2 derby match between Queensland Reds and New South Wales Waratahs, Pollock has a cam strapped round his head to show a different perspective to the game.

He was one of three referees who refereed a test during the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, taking charge in the first test, and touch judging in the second and third alongside; Craig Joubert and Romain Poite. He claimed he was happy to be a part of this tour.

He was a referee in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he officiated 7 matches, two of which as the lead referee; England vs Uruguay and Scotland vs United States.

On 11 November 2015, the NZRU announced Pollock’s retirement from international refereeing, having been refereeing since 1997 as well as internationally since 2008. He retired after officiating 22 tests. His last test match came on 10 October 2015, when England played Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, though, he was one of the assistant referees for the Bronze Final between South Africa vs Argentina on 30 October 2015.


  • Born: 9 November 1972

Referee Career:

  • 2009: IRB Junior World Championship
  • 2011-2015: Test Matches
  • 2005-2015: Six Nations Championship
  • 2013-2015: Super Rugby
  • 2013-2015: Rugby World Cup

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