Referee John Lacey to retire from test officiating

Referee John Lacey to retire from test officiating

Irish international referee John Lacey has decided to retire from test officiating to take up a high performance referee coaching and talent identification role with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).




The third most-capped test referee in Irish rugby history, Lacey has taken charge of 37 international matches – 30 of them tests – between 2010 and 2018, and officiated four matches at Rugby World Cup 2015.



Lacey will take charge of his final international when Argentina face the Barbarians at Twickenham on 1 December and will continue to officiate at European and PRO14 level until the end of the current season before taking up his new role.


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