Major kudos this week for George Clancy, following on from his officiating between Scotland and Wales last weekend in Murrayfield, the IRB announced yesterday that Bruff RFC referee George will now take over from Steve Walsh as the man in the middle between England and France in Twickenham on saturday week.
(Excerpt from IRB website)
Walsh, who was due to take charge of England v France at Twickenham on February 26, has been withdrawn to concentrate on his rehabilitation from a knee cartilage injury.
Walsh is now back in full training but will be replaced for the fixture by Ireland’s George Clancy, who will be taking charge of his 16th match since making his international debut in 2006.
With Rugby World Cup 2011 rapidly approaching Walsh will be given a further opportunity of time in the middle during the RBS Six Nations, replacing Ireland’s Alain Rolland, who refereed the opening match in the Championship, for the Scotland v Italy fixture at Murrayfield on March 19.
Congrats are due to all of our referees, who are officiating in various capacities this coming weekend,
Padraig Keogh is TJ2 at the Div. 1a game between Garryowen and St. Mary’s,
Derrick Noonan is refereeing the Munster Junior Cup game between Cashel and St. Mary’s in Cashel,
James Spenser and Con O’ Regan are both taking charge of Pan Munster U19 games on Sunday, James at Derryknockane and Con at Scariff and Grant Sillet is out officiating the U13 game between Clanwilliam and Cashel.
Bruff referee George Clancy will take charge of the first semi-final between the Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, on Friday night (7.05pm).
Welsh official Nigel Owens has been named as the referee for Saturday night’s crunch Magners League semi-final clash between Leinster and Munster at the RDS (8pm).
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors:
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland – 36th Magners League game)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Leo Colgan (Ireland)
TMO: Bertie Smith (Ireland)
Leinster v Munster:
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales – 64th Magners League game)
Assistant Referees: James Jones (Wales), Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Hugh Watkins (Wales)
George Clancy is getting one Heineken Cup game in each round,
Rnd 5 :
SATURDAY 16 JANUARY, 2010
POOL 2 Gloucester Rugby v Biarritz Olympique 15.00 – George Clancy (I)
SUNDAY 24 JANUARY, 2010
POOL 5 Harlequins v Cardiff Blues 15.00 – George Clancy (I)
Peter Fitzgibbon is getting one game in each round as well:
FRIDAY 15 JANUARY, 2010
POOL 2 Glasgow Warriors v Newport Gwent Dragons 19.30 – Peter Fitzgibbon (I)
SATURDAY 23 JANUARY, 2010
POOL 6 Brive v Scarlets 19.00 – Peter Fitzgibbon (I)
ERC, the tournament organisers, (Tuesday, 5 January, 2010) announced the referee appointments and additional broadcast coverage for the remaining 24 Pool matches.
Three referees – Alan Lewis, Alain Rolland and Chris White – have each already controlled over half a century of Heineken Cup matches with Welsh official Nigel Owens next in line to join the elite 50-match club. It will be Heineken Cup match No 46 for Owens when he travels to France for the Sunday showdown between triple tournament champions Toulouse and Harlequins.
The nominated referees are drawn from the ERC 2009/10 Match Officials’ panel, with the nominations proposed by Donal Courtney, the ERC Match Officials Performance Manager, to the ERC Match Officials Sub Committee.
The committee is made up of Referee Managers from the six Unions of the participating teams, who review and confirm the final appointments.
The performance of match officials will be reviewed by the ERC Match Officials Performance Manager, together with a panel of Performance Reviewers (PR). Head Coaches / Directors of Rugby are invited to submit their comments and feedback to the ERC Match Officials Performance Manager on the performances of Match Officials in their games.