Skill matches ambition
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.