Romaine Poite is set to referee his final international match this weekend – World Rugby have confirmed.
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.
Other day jobs of rugby referees:
#1. Jaco Peyper – Lawyer
The 38-year-old still operates as an attorney for his family business, Peyper Attorneys while continuing to be one of the worlds best referees. The 40-year-old recently revealed that he wants to keep refereeing until at least 2023.