Kerry Fitzgerald

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Kerry Fitzgerald
Full name Kerry Victor Joseph
Date of birth 1948
Date of death 18 December 1991(1991-12-18) (aged 43)
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
1987
1984
Rugby World Cup
Test Matches

Kerry Victor Joseph Fitzgerald (c. 1948 – 18 December 1991) was an Australian rugby union referee best known for officiating in the 1987 Rugby World Cup Final.

Refereeing career[edit]

Fitzgerald took up refereeing in 1977, making his international debut in 1984 in a match between New Zealand and Fiji in Suva.[1]

For the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 he was one of two Australian referees selected. Fitzgerald created controversy during a semifinal between New Zealand and Wales when he sent off Welsh player Huw Richards after he had been knocked unconscious. He went on to referee the World Cup Final.[1]

Death[edit]

Fitzgerald collapsed and died in his office on 18 December 1991.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Joubert joins exclusive club". SA Rugby Referees. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fitzgerald dies". New Strait Times. 19 December 1991. Retrieved 27 October 2011.