On a cold winter’s Saturday morning, you wont find this teenage boy playing Fortnite. Instead he is refereeing Auckland children on the rugby field.
Hugo Clarke, who is in the Year 9 Sports in Education Programme (SIE) at Howick College, has only just turned 14 and is already contemplating a future as an international rugby referee.
Hugo is building a name as a rugby referee, and receives many requests from teams asking him to ref their games.
Disenchanted with the size of some of the players in the open rugby divisions which he used to play in, he decided to opt out of playing rugby in 2016 and instead took up a whistle.
Hugo’s mum Jo said: “In 2016 Hugo saw a boy of similar age to him reffing at an U10 rugby tournament and he said to me, “I am going to do that. If that boy can do it, then so can I.”