Chris Pollock to retire from international refereeing

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Pollock, 43, has returned to full time teaching in his home town province in the Hawke’s Bay.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen acknowledged the contribution the 22-Test veteran referee had made to New Zealand, and international refereeing.

“Chris has given a huge amount to this game both at the provincial and international level. This year, he was our most experienced referee on the field with 192 first class matches to his name including the 22 internationals Tests, two Rugby World Cup tournaments, 70 Super Rugby matches, and nine Ranfurly Shield challenges.

“We are very grateful to Chris for the huge contribution he has made to the game.

“We hope he will continue to be involved in rugby and share his knowledge and experience with up and coming referees both at the provincial and national level,” Sorensen said.