Joy Neville - International Player to WC Final Ref P1
August 25, 2017
High Profile Players-Turned-Referees
January 6, 2017
Appeared in the 2010 Premiership final for Saracens against Leinster and is the highest profile of recent refereeing converts have been fast-tracked into officiating several international matches.
Represented Munster, Leicester and Connacht and has progressed rapidly as a referee becoming just the second former PRO12 player to take charge of a competition fixture between Newport Gwent Dragons and Edinburgh last year.
The ex Wasps scrum half retired at just 27 after suffering a string of concussions, which prevented him playing any contact sport. In order to stay within rugby, Berry took up refereeing and made his Super Rugby debut last year.
(above) Another scrum half who was capped three times by Ireland, Rolland took charge of 66 Tests, including the 2007 World Cup final, and is now World Rugby’s High Performance Match Officials Manager.
Richard Haughton The former Saracens and Wasps wing began officiating while playing in France and has now turned full time with the RFU. Would still beat many players in a foot race.