USA Rugby offering chance to officiate overseas

For Immediate Release
Submitted by USA Rugby
October 15, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby is now accepting applications for scholarships from the Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund.

The Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund provides scholarships granting aspiring referees (aged 18-25) to spend the entire 2015 season (from late March through August) in Christchurch, New Zealand, as a full-time member of the Canterbury Referee Association or participate in the Maties Academy: a ‘Referee University’ based in Stellenbosh, South Africa.

While abroad, the recipient will have the opportunity to learn from and train with some of the best referees in the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offers full immersion in one of the world’s top rugby nations.

All costs – including travel, lodging, and living expenses – will be covered by the Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund in honor of two of USA Rugby’s most accomplished referees, Denis Shanagher Sr. and Don Morrison.

To apply for this prestigious scholarship, please complete the following application by Dec. 15, 2015.

Application Requirements:

18-25 years of age
Current Membership with USA Rugby (CIPP)
Two Recommendations
Rugby and Officiating Resume
Essay Questions
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Scholarships from the Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund are solely funded through donor contributions to USA Rugby Trust – the philanthropic arm of USA Rugby. The annual cost to fully fund one referee is roughly $10,000. Please consider supporting this program and help send a rising referee abroad by clicking below.

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About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 95,000 active members, with more than 29,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.

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