Sorry that this is late – just been to S of France for some warm weather training! Some great news for some friends of mine in here.

Congrats to Luke and Llyr – much deserved, and also to Tempo, whose elevation to the Elite Unit really does spell out the RFU’s intent to get a string of “Wayne Barnes” in the pipeline for the future.

Will be great to see these guys. Llyr’s acceptance onto the Elite at 33 gives me some hope…

Also, a well deserved big hand to the new Elite ARs – all of whom I know well and have worked with through the years. Hopefully I’ll get to continue doing so in the future!

Morrison strengthens elite referee pathway

28 May 2010

    • RFU Elite Referee Unit plan for the coming season
    • JP Doyle and Greg Garner awarded full-time contract

The Elite Referee Unit (ERU) of the Rugby Football Union has confirmed the full time contracts of JP Doyle and Greg Garner as it continues its succession planning and appointments programme ahead of the 2010/11 season.

Head of Elite Referee Development Ed Morrison and Elite Rugby Director Rob Andrew have ratified the appointments of Doyle and Garner after they successfully completed their two year trainee programme that has seen both referee in the Guinness Premiership, the IRB Sevens circuit, the Churchill Cup and Pacific Rim tournaments around the world.

Luke Pearce, 22, is the latest trainee to be appointed and he will work with Ed and his team of referee development managers,Tony Spreadbury and Brian Campsall, with the aim of further developing his considerable potential, starting from August 1.

Two more referees Ian Tempest (22) and Lyr Apgeraint Roberts (33) join the ERU in a part time capacity.

Assistant Referees Paul Burton, Nigel Carrick and Rhys Davies have gained promotion into the ERU after a rigorous selection process.

Morrison said: “One of our objectives within the Elite Referee Unit is to establish a clear development pathway for our young talent and JP and Greg’s progress shows that we are delivering tangible results in this area, and we aim to continue that with Luke, Ian and Lyr.”

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