Bruffman George Clancy will get the big European weekend underway when he referees the European Challenge Cup final between Northampton Saints and Bourgoin at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, May 22 (kick-off 7.45 pm).
George, who won the Munster Referee of the Year award in 2007, refereed the Churchill Cup final two years ago at Twickenham and joined Irish colleagues Alain Rolland and Alan Lewis on the IRB’s International Referee Panel last season. In a notable double for Limerick Peter Fitzgibbon, who was recently added to the International Referee Panel, will be the fourth official on duty for the Northampton Saints v Bourgoin tie. The Thomond clubman refereed Bourgoin’s semi-final win over Worcester Warriors earlier this month.
Clanwilliam and Shannon man John Lacey is a touch judge for the game along with the Limerick Lads.
All of us here at Bruff RFC would like to wish the very best to Bruff “Man of the cloth” George Clancy this coming weekend in his first 6 nations game. George officiates in the game between France and Scotland at Stade de France this Saturday with a 4:00pm (Local Time) kickoff. George is pictured at the back row first on the left in the shot below.
Click on the pic below for the full version of this shot of the entire squad on the High Performance Panel.
The very best of luck George from all of us.
IRB Elite Referee Squad
The full list of appointments for the 6 nations is below.
DATE/TIME MATCH VENUE REFEREE AR1 AR2 TMO 7 Feb 15.00 England v Italy Twickenham, London M. Lawrence J. Jutge P. Allan N. Whitehouse 7 Feb 17.00 Ireland v France Croke Park, Dublin N. Owens D. Pearson D. Changleng G. De Santis 8 Feb 15.00 Scotland v Wales Murrayfield, Edinburgh A. Rolland C. White R. Debney G. Warren 14 Feb 16.00 France v Scotland Stade de France, Paris G. Clancy W. Barnes T. Hayes G. De Santis 14 Feb 17.30 Wales v England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff J. Kaplan A. Lewis P. Fitzgibbon S. McDowell 15 Feb 15.30 Italy v Ireland Stadio Flaminio, Rome C. White N. Owens R. Poite G. Hughes 27 Feb 21.00 France v Wales Stade de France, Paris M. Lawrence A. Rolland S. McDowell P. Fitzgibbon 28 Feb 15.00 Scotland v Italy Murrayfield, Edinburgh N. Owens G. Clancy R. Poite N. Whitehouse 28 Feb 17.30 Ireland v England Croke Park, Dublin C. Joubert C. Berdos P. Allan G. De Santis 14 Mar 16.00 Italy v Wales Stadio Flaminio, Rome A. Lewis D. Pearson D. Changleng G. Warren 14 Mar 17.00 Scotland v Ireland Murrayfield, Edinburgh J. Kaplan W. Barnes C. Damasco H. Watkins 15 Mar 15.00 England v France Twickenham, London S. Dickinson N. Owens T. Hayes N. Whitehouse 21 Mar 14.15 Italy v France Stadio Flaminio, Rome A. Rolland S. Dickinson P. Fitzgibbon G. Hughes 21 Mar 15.30 England v Scotland Twickenham, London J. Jutge (TBC) C. Berdos S. McDowell C. Damasco 21 Mar 17.30 Wales v Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff S. Walsh (TBC) W. Barnes D. Pearson R. Poite
We seem to be going from strength to strength in all walks of rugby life at the moment. Not only on the pitch with our first XV but also with our referees.
Congrats to George as he gets his first Six nations start. It was announced earlier today that he officiates between France and Scotland in Stade de France on Valentines day following his appointment to the World elite panel earlier this year. Well done George.
Our other referees are of course well on track in their own careers, this weekend sees Padraig Keogh in charge of the Junior Cup game between Nenagh Ormond and Old Crescent in New Ormond Park this coming Sunday at 2:00pm (ET) and Derrick Noonan adjudicates at Richmond park Between Richmond and Cobh Pirates in the Munster Junior league Division one game with a 2:30pm kickoff.
Our highest ranking referee has been granted the ultimate accolade, placement on the internation panel of referees. George begins his International career with the fabulous England Vs. The Barbarians game in three weeks time and next up after that is the game between Italy and the Springboks in Capetown not too long after.
George was awarded the Inaugural trophy for Munster referee of the year at the end of last season and has gone from strength to strength through the Heineken Cup and International ranks culminating with the final of the Churchill cup last season.
Well done to George and to the folks behind him, the referees association, his good lady in particular, who have all supported him throughout his career to date and I’m sure will continue to support him into the future.