Andrew Brace has been named referee for next weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final
Limerick-based Andrew Brace named referee for Champions Cup quarter-final
By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney
Limerick-based Andrew Brace has been named referee for next weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
The former Old Crescent RFC rugby player is set to referee the match between Ronan O’ Gara’s La Rochelle and English Premiership side Sale Sharks at the Stade Marcel Deflandre on Saturday, April 10 at 3pm.
The thirty-two-year-old has refereed matches in the 2016 Six Nations Under 20s Championship and at the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship including the third place game between Argentina and South Africa.
On May 27, 2017, Brace took charge of a match between England and the Barbarians and later took charge of a match between Canada and Georgia.
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Brace took charge of his first competitive test match, a 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier between Canada and the United States.
Additionally, he has also served as a touch judge/assistant referee in both the Six Nations Championship and the Rugby Championship. He was appointed to the 2019 Rugby World Cup as a touch judge.
In the beginning of his refereeing days, while working as a community rugby officer for Munster Rugby, Brace attended a school’s tournament and was asked to referee a match between Abbey CBS and St Mary’s Town School because they were short of an official.
Later he was encouraged to take up refereeing by John Lacey. Brace subsequently took charge of matches in both the British and Irish Cup and All-Ireland League and refereed the 2014–15 British and Irish Cup final between Worcester Warriors and Doncaster Knights.
He refereed the 2015–16 All-Ireland League final between Clontarf and Cork Constitution. Brace later made his Pro14 debut when he took charge of a 2015–16 match between Cardiff Blues and Zebre.
All of us at I Love Limerick wish Andrew the best for next weekend’s quarter-final!
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