Ex-Seghill rugby player to referee at World Cup

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FORMER Seghill RFC player and now one of the world’s top officials, Dave Pearson, has been selected as one of the ten referees for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September.

Pearson started his rugby career as a Colts player with Seghill, playing in one of the most successful sides of the Eighties as they suffered only one defeat in two seasons and were county cup winners.

Following his demise from the clubs first team, Pearson chose to take the refereeing path and he has not looked back since.

He became a professional referee in 2002, and in his first Premiership match he sin binned the then England captain Martin Johnson for a punch on Rob Russell.

He took charge of his first international match when Argentina faced Japan on April 23, 2005, but refereeing at the World Cup will be the highlight of his career so far.

Everyone at Seghill Rugby Club has sent their best wishes on his appointment.

And if England do not make the final they hope Pearson is selected for the final.