Chris Pollock

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Chris Pollock
Chris Pollock.jpg
Chris Pollock receiving a commemorative jersey from the Hawke's Bay Rugby Referees Association
Birth nameChris Pollock
Date of birth (1972-11-09) 9 November 1972 (age 47)
Place of birthTaranaki
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
IRB Junior World Championship
Test Matches
Six Nations Championship
Super Rugby
Rugby World Cup



Chris Pollock is a former rugby union referee who represented the New Zealand Rugby Union. In 2008, he was part of the IRB's touch judge panel.[1] He made his international referee debut in 2005, when he refereed Niue vs Tahiti, while his first IRB appointment was in 2006, taking charge of Hong Kong vs Japan.

He was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup referee panel, where he was assistant referee in 6 matches.[2] After refereeing the match between Ireland and Scotland in the 2012 Six Nations Championship, he was among the game's elite officials with a place in the IRB selection for the 2012 June tests refereeing in the second test of Wales' tour to Australia.

In 2013, Pollock was responsible for introducing the ref-cam in the Super Rugby.[3] During the round 2 derby match between Queensland Reds and New South Wales Waratahs, Pollock has a cam strapped round his head to show a different perspective to the game.

He was one of three referees who refereed a test during the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, taking charge in the first test, and touch judging in the second and third alongside; Craig Joubert and Romain Poite.[4] He claimed he was happy to be a part of this tour.[5]

He was a referee in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he officiated 7 matches, two of which as the lead referee; England vs Uruguay and Scotland vs United States.

On 11 November 2015, the NZRU announced Pollock's retirement from international refereeing, having been refereeing since 1997 as well as internationally since 2008. He retired after officiating 22 tests.[6] His last test match came on 10 October 2015, when England played Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, though, he was one of the assistant referees for the Bronze Final between South Africa vs Argentina on 30 October 2015.


  1. ^ "2008 Referee Panel". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ "2011 Rugby World Cup Referee Panel" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  3. ^ "Ref-cam debut". 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  4. ^ "British and Irish Lions referees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  5. ^ "Chris Pollock : " The Lions was a great tour to be a part "". Esprit de la Règle.
  6. ^ Pollock´s Farewell to Tests