Medal Haul for Touch Blacks
NZ won two gold and two silver medals at last month’s Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Touch Blacks’ mixed over-30 and mixed open teams won their respective finals, while the men’s and women’s open sides both finished second to Australia. Australia won the World Cup over NZ by just two points, in what was the closest final points tally in Touch World Cup history. Capping off NZ’s success at the event, Rotorua’s Andrew Timoti was named Referee of the Tournament. Timoti is now ranked the world’s no.1 touch rugby referee. “In terms of the last couple of World Cups, Australian refs dominated in terms of their performance but this one, the NZ refs performed all above our Australian counterparts,” said Timoti in Rotorua’s Daily Post.