Officials for Super Saturday, including France vs England referee - Ruck

Officials for Super Saturday, including France vs England referee

Referee appointments for round three of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, including the France vs England referee in the Grand Slam decider in Paris.

Saturday, 19 March, 2022

Wales vs Italy referee: Principality Stadium, Cardiff

  • Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Carley (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Tual Trainini (FFR)
  • TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)

Hometown: I live in Limerick, I’ve been here for the last 10 years, but my family are based in Wales in Cardiff. I was only meant to be here for a year, but one year led to another and 10 years later they can’t get rid of me!

First memory of Rugby: I played a bit of rugby at primary school, but was quite late when I started playing at a club, probably about 13 years old. My first, and funniest, memory when I was in primary school was one of my first games, and we needed to score to win the game. The ball came to me on the wing, it was probably my only touch of the game, before sprinting down the wing for the winning score. I dived over the line, hand in the air celebrating only to realise it was the 22, not the try line. Hilarious now looking back, but at the time I don’t think my mates were laughing!

No of years refereeing: I was 24 when I finished playing, I just couldn’t continue playing at that level in the all-Ireland League, and referee at the same time, so I turned my focus fully to refereeing at that point. I had to make that decision then because I was coaching with Munster rugby as well so I just couldn’t do it all. Johnny Lacey was the one who approached me and saw potential in me I guess but deep down was probably sick of me giving out about referees every Monday morning so told me to put the whistle where my mouth was….  I just took each game as it came and 8 years later here I am.

Full profile

Referee, Andrew Brace consults with the TMO after a tackle in the air by Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa on Joe Marchant of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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