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Adam Jones (left) will join Craig Evans on the Sevens World Series this season

It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit

The Indigo Group Premiership’s leading referee, Adam Jones, joins his countryman Craig Evans as part of a team of 26 match officials from 16 nations announced for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 which commences in Glendale, Colorado on 5-6 October.

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Jones has been voted the Premiership’s top referee for three consecutive years by the competition’s coaches and joins Evans who will be officiating in his fourth series.

“We are delighted with the appointments of Craig Evans and Adam Jones for this season’s World Sevens tournaments,” said Paul Adams, WRU National Referee Performance manager

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“They have worked extremely hard at both their fitness and technical aspects of the sevens game, and it is good to see their hard work rewarded.

“This is going to be a very interesting season for sevens referees this year. Selection for the 2020 Olympics will depend on how they perform in the World Series tournaments. It would be great to have two referees representing Wales at the Olympics for the first time and if they referee to their ability it is a very realistic possibility.”

This season is set to be the biggest on record with the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series increasing to eight rounds for the first time in history.

The men’s series will once again be contested across 10 rounds, kicking off in Dubai on 5-7 December, 2019, with six of those events being combined with women’s tournaments.

The 2020 season will culminate with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will see rugby sevens make its second appearance on the Olympic Games programme following its successful introduction at Rio 2016.

The men’s panel features 12 officials who have featured on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the last three seasons with the addition of Uruguay’s Francisco Gonzalez who officiated in the Americas Rugby Championship in February this year.

World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chairman Anthony Buchanan commented: “The standard of officiating across the entire HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues to increase year-on-year which is extremely encouraging as we enter a pivotal season for rugby sevens.

“We have a very experienced unit of referees who have a wealth of experience officiating on the world series, which this year features more women’s events than ever before, before the season culminates with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The selection committee is delighted with the quality of match officials available for selection for the men’s and women’s series panels and looks forward to another successful season of rugby sevens.”

Women’s Sevens Series Panel:
Sara Cox (England)
Hollie Davidson (Scotland)
Emily Hsieh (USA)
Lauren Jenner (New Zealand)
Adam Jones (Wales)
Sakurako Kawasaki (Japan)
Tyler Miller (Australia)
Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Joy Neville (Ireland)
Amy Perrett (Australia)
Madeline Putz (Australia)
Tevita Rokoverneni (Fiji)
Julianne Zussman (Canada)

Men’s Sevens Series Panel:
James Doleman (New Zealand)
Paulo Duarte (Portugal)
Craig Evans (Wales)
Francisco Gonzalez (Uruguay)
Sam Grove White (Scotland)
Richard Haughton (England)
Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
Damon Murphy (Australia)
Neheun Jauri Rivero (Argentina)
Matt Rodden (Hong Kong)
Jeremy Rozier (France)
Damian Schneider (Argentina)
Jordan Way (Australia)

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It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
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It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit
It’s official: Jones joins Evans on Sevens circuit