Referee appointed for Munster's PRO14 clash with Leinster

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Referee appointment for Munster's PRO14 clash with Leinster

Andrew Brace will take charge of Munster's Guinness PRO14 clash with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 7.35pm

AS the Guinness PRO14 returns this weekend with all four provinces featuring at the Aviva Stadium the IRFU’s panel of top referees will get their first outing in almost five months.

Andrew Brace has been given the whistle for the fixture between Leinster and Munster and will be supported by George Clancy and Joy Neville in the AR roles.

Andrew's last game was the Guinness PRO14 clash between the Dragons and the Cheetahs at Rodney Parade on the 29th February. Earlier in the month he had taken control of the Guinness Six Nations game between France and Italy at the Stade de France. 

This will be Andrew’s eight interprovincial derby fixture. Andrew Brace studied at the University College Plymouth Marjon and has a BA in Sports Science and Coaching with Outdoor Adventure.

He subsequently moved to Ireland to play and coach rugby and lined out with Old Crescent RFC and won the 2012 Emirates Cup of Nations representing Belgium.  He also represented Belgium in Sevens.

He was an assistant referee at the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

On Sunday, Frank Murphy is in charge of Connacht v Ulster.  Frank will have AR support from Sean Gallagher and Chris Busby.

Frank’s last outing was on the 23rd February as Cardiff Blues hosted Benetton in the Guinness PRO14. This will be the fifth interprovincial derby game that Frank has officiated.

Saturday, August 22

Guinness PRO14
Leinster v Munster: A. Brace (Ref) , G. Clancy (AR1), J. Neville (AR2), B. MacNeice (TMO)

Sunday, August 23

Guinness PRO14
Connacht v Leinster: F. Murphy (Ref), S. Gallagher (AR1), C. Busby (AR2), O. Hodges (TMO)