Tuesday 25 October 2016

Clancy and Lacey earn world cup call-ups

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

John Lacey
John Lacey

Bruff's George Clancy and Munster Rugby coach development officer John Lacey have been named in the 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015.

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The selection was made after a comprehensive review of refereeing performances by the World Rugby match official selection committee.

Chairman of the selection panel John Jeffrey said: "I want to congratulate all 12 referees, the seven ARs and four TMOs, who through very hard work and determination, have made it onto the panel.

"Since Rugby World Cup 2011, we have been focused on developing a strong panel that can preside over the 48 matches at this year's tournament. The fact that seven of the referee panel were involved in the 2011 tournament points to the big-match experience that they hold.

"Indeed, between the 12 of them, they have refereed no fewer than 361 internationals.

"The five referees who were not at RWC 2011 have done very well to progress through their own pathways, in SANZAR, in Europe and from the World Rugby U20 Championship, to make it to the biggest stage of all. The focus for all these match officials at this point is on consistency and performing at the highest level."

The individual match appointments will be announced in due course.

Irish Independent

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