Premiership final referee confirmed with Luke Pearce snubbed - Ruck

Premiership final referee confirmed with Luke Pearce snubbed

Wayne Barnes will take charge of his 10th Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final this weekend when Leicester Tigers face Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.  

He will be assisted by Luke Pearce and Christophe Ridley, with Tom Foley as TMO.

Premiership final referee Barnes broke the Premiership appearance record for a referee in 2017 and earlier this year he officiated his 250th Premiership match.   

Tickets for the Final are on general sale now. Click here for more details.

If you are unable to attend, there is live coverage on BT Sport 1HD and ITV4.


“Detective & Doctor” – The jobs of five rugby referee’s away from the pitch

Behind the glitz and glamour of the international rugby, many world-class referees must work around the clock to fund their rugby dream.

#1. Romain Poite – Police Detective

 Poite is set to referee his final international match this weekend – World Rugby have confirmed this morning.

The popular Frenchman, who made his debut in 2006, will take charge of his 72nd test match, cementing his status in third on the all-time list of test match appearances behind Nigel Owens (100) and Wayne Barnes (96).

Before becoming a referee, the 45-year-old was a police detective in Toulouse. During the Autumn Nations Series, he will be tackling a different sort of law-breaker after putting down the baton for the referee’s whistle in 2007.

He’s expected to return to the police once he stops refereeing completely.


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