The New Zealand government announced plans today to have rugby referees officiate at marriage ceremonies at next year’s Rugby World Cup.
“It’s a big event for us,” the Minister of Rugby Affairs said. “It’s our national religion. And like with the Lord of the Rings, almost every New Zealander is working on it.”
Somewhat controversially, video replays are also to be introduced to help ensure the sanctity of vows.
Asked whether this meant that all marital acts would be videotaped a ministerial advisor said, “this is pretty much already the case – just look at the Internet.”
However, the legislation allows the man with the whistle to view replays of the wedding vows only.
“We can’t be looking at every bit of niggle, no one can see what goes on in the middle of a good ruck,” said the head of referee training. “It’s the initial engagement and impact we’re concerned with.”
Mainstream churches are annoyed at the development.
“With the exception of sea captains, we’ve had this market cornered for yonks,” the Archbishop of Porirua said. “If they try to continue this beyond the tournament we might have to slip some clergy onto the footie paddock.”
Cameras will be installed in all churches in time for the 2011Rugby World Cup.
Rugby Referees to Officiate Weddings
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