Fulton ponders rugby switch

New Zealand

Batsman Peter Fulton is eager to pursue a career as a rugby referee after being removed from New Zealand's central contract list earlier this month.

Batsman Peter Fulton is eager to pursue a career as a rugby referee after being removed from New Zealand's central contract list earlier this month.

Fulton endured a poor stretch of form in the Test XI this year, scoring a mere 270 runs at a lowly average of 19.28 before being dropped during the tour of the West Indies in June.

"The last couple of years I've been thinking about it and it's just been a matter of finding the time to do it, which has been a bit hard when you're still playing cricket. But it's something I'm now starting to look more seriously at," Fulton told the <i>New Zealand Herald</i>.

The 35-year-old right-hander, who will remain available at first-class level, played rugby for the Canterbury Colts team before choosing cricket over rugby.

"I made some enquiries at the start of this winter, but it was just going to be a bit hard to fit in. So hopefully next winter I can get into it. I understand the game pretty well and always have plenty of advice to give the referees, so I guess it's a bit of a case of put up or shut up," he added.

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