Skill matches am­bi­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By ZAC RIN­GROSE

While most young men with a pas­sion for rugby are striv­ing for a slot in the Lions, Hur­ri­canes or even the All Blacks, Vin­cent Rin­grose is mak­ing a name for him­self boss­ing rugby play­ers around in­stead.

The high­light of the young Ti­tahi Bay ref­eree’s bud­ding ca­reer oc­curred in Novem­ber when he of­fi­ci­ated at an un­der18 se­ries run­ning par­al­lel with the in­ter­na­tional Sev­ens cir­cuit.

Rin­grose, 21, has been ref­er­ee­ing since he was 16 and reg­u­larly takes charge of col­lege and Se­nior 1 at club rugby level. His fa­ther Brent is a ref­eree and the two of them con­trolled a club rugby match to­gether in 2010, pos­si­bly the first fa­ther-son in New Zealand to do so.

His Dubai ex­pe­ri­ence was some­thing Rin­grose won’t for­get in a hurry.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity, great ex­pe­ri­ence and a great time.’’

The con­trol­ling body elected him to take the whis­tle for the fi­nal of the Gulf Un­der 18s tour­na­ment be­tween Dubai Col­lege and Abu Dhabi Har­lequins, a game played in front of 40,000 peo­ple.

Rin­grose, the only Kiwi in the group, was pre­sented with the Best Young De­vel­op­ing Ref­eree tro­phy.

Zac Rin­grose in­tends to study jour­nal­ism at Massey Univer­sity this year. He is the brother of Vin­cent Rin­grose.

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