OG George Pounder plays his part at the Scotland v Italy Guiness Six Nations match
This Saturday, we spotted the familiar face of our Head of Classics and OG George Pounder (1989-94, Matheson's) in the Scotland Team line up to meet the Princess Royal (below).
We asked him about his experience as one of the Scotland Team match officials for the Guiness Six Nations Championship:
"As 5th Official, it was my job to help coordinate the replacements (recording time on/off, and the reason for the change), as well as keep a time on Head Injury Assessments (HIA) and any suspensions (yellow/red card). I also had to write up the Yellow Card report to be sent in to World Rugby. Sadly (or perhaps fortunately) the board with the replacement numbers was broken, so that was one job fewer, but I did run onto the pitch with the ref’s water bottle a few times!
It was an amazing experience being part of something so big (as well as a home win with an exciting late come back from the visitors: always a good outcome for the ref). Prior to the match we arrived by bus in the same entrance as the players, and at the post match dinner the new caps were awarded (each of the new Scotland caps had to sing a song in keeping with tradition), and Sergio Parisse was presented with a gift to recognise his record breaking 135 international caps. The whole thing was brilliant, literally rubbing shoulders with the players and seeing how they prepare for a game. Hearing the anthems next to the players was special as well: a real honour.
I also learned a lot watching and listening to Luke Pearce and his AR team: the fundamentals of what they do is remarkably similar to what happens on any Saturday across the world!"