Steve Walsh (rugby referee)
|Walsh during 2011 Rugby World Cup|
|Born||March 28, 1972|
|2011 Rugby World Cup
2007 Rugby World Cup
2003 Rugby World Cup
In the 2003 Rugby World Cup he was suspended for three days for inappropriate behaviour towards the England rugby team, after an altercation with England fitness coach Dave Reddin. He missed one match and then went on to referee the quarter final between Australia v Scotland. He was suspended for four months in 2005 during the Lions tour of New Zealand for verbally abusing Irish winger Shane Horgan, after a disputed decision. In 2007 he refereed some notable matches, including: the 2007 Super 14 Final, the first international rugby match at Croke Park in Ireland, and refereed four matches including the South Africa – Argentina semi final in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
On Wednesday 18 March 2009, it was announced that Walsh would lose his job after a third strike on his record  - this time turning up drunk to a refereeing conference in Sydney. Wayne Barnes took over from Walsh as referee of the grand slam deciding match in Cardiff on the 21st.
After his sacking by the NZRFU Walsh moved to Bondi, was offered affiliation to the ARFU and as a result began refereeing club rugby in Sydney. His first game on Australian soil was Newington College 1st XV v St Patrick's 1st XV at Johnson Field, Newington College, Stanmore.
He has since progressed to first grade and refereed the Shute Shield semi-final between Sydney University and Eastwood. He narrowly missed out on being appointed to the Grand Final, which was refereed by Stuart Dickinson. He was included in the reserve panel of referees for the 2010 Super 14 competition, now representing Australia. He was reappointed to the IRB Elite panel, the highest level, in 2010. He was the referee for the Scotland v Italy match at Murrayfield Stadium in the 2011 Six Nations Championship in March 2011. Walsh has been appointed to the Rugby World Cup 2011 and refereed at least four games in New Zealand, representing the Australian Rugby Union.
He also was the referee for the 2012 Super Rugby final between the Chiefs and the Sharks in Hamilton. At the end of that year Walsh received the 'Referee of the Year' award during the John Eales Medal ceremony in Sydney.
Steve has a tattoo on his left inner forearm that is believed to read 'he who controls himself, controls the game' - during the 2011 Rugby World Cup this tattoo was covered by a flesh coloured plaster.
- Professional status; source: IRB RWC 2003.
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- Bills, Peter. "Referee sacked ahead of Grand Slam clash - International, Rugby Union". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
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