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Match officials for the weekend, including England vs Wales referee

Ireland vs Italy referee
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Sunday, 11 February, 2024

  • Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Luc Ramos (FFR)
  • TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)

At the age of 21, Pearce began his refereeing career in the RFU Championship in 2009, setting the stage for a continuous and impressive progression. He ascended through the ranks of English, European, and global rugby refereeing systems, ultimately achieving his officiating dream when selected as the match referee for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

In 2009, Pearce became the youngest individual at the time to earn promotion to the RFU National Panel. Within just two years, he took charge of his first Premiership fixture, overseeing the clash between Gloucester and Worcester.

In that same period, at the age of 23, Pearce debuted as a referee in the World Sevens Series. The year 2011 marked a breakthrough for him as he officiated his first European game in the Challenge Cup.

Pearce’s achievements continued to mount. A year after refereeing his initial international match in 2013, officiating between Romania and Russia at the European Nations Cup, he received an appointment from World Rugby.

His Six Nations journey commenced in 2014 when he served as an assistant referee in the Italy vs. Scotland match. In a remarkable turn of events in 2019, he refereed the same fixture, marking his first Six Nations refereeing experience. Coincidentally, he also took charge of Scotland vs. Italy in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup.

Fulfilling his long-standing aspiration, Pearce realized his dream of refereeing at a World Cup during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Despite his birthplace, he officiated the Wales vs. Georgia match, representing England instead

Referee, Luke Pearce in his Rainbow Laces top during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park, Exeter on 26th February 2023. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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