Mike Cobb, USA Rugby Referee, Tragic Death In Pattaya

Mike Cobb, who played, coached, and officiated rugby in the USA for more than three decades, was killed last Saturday when he a car struck him in Pattaya Thailand, He was participating in a rugby referee exchange that included the Chris Kays International Rugby Tens, held annually in Pattaya. Sad news indeed.

The cremation service was at prominent Thai temple in Bangkok, where a retinue of club members from the Pattaya Panthers Rugby Club, the Southerner Sports Club, the Old Bangkok Bangers Rugby Club and rugby referees from England, New Zealand and Thailand were present for the service.

At the conclusion of proceedings those that could, journeyed to the British Club for drinks to celebrate Mike Cobb’s life and the game we all love. It was a long afternoon.

David Viccars, the doyen of rugby referees in the Kingdom, wrote an appropriate note on the Rugby USA website. Its worth repeating in this post

"I asked Mike to coach a Thai lady referee at the event in Thailand, the improvement in her game from her first run on Saturday morning to her final game on Sunday evening was astounding. Mike’s knowledge of the game, his manner, demeanor and personality enabled him to get his message across so easily and to be accepted so readily. I can only but imagine how big a loss his departure will be for USA Rugby, his family and all his many friends and colleagues in the States. Here in Thailand we mourn the loss of a true Rugby Gentleman."