• Twitter

  • RWC 2015 Referee - John Lacey


    image ©irishrugby*

    John Lacey is a classic example of a "poacher turned gamekeeper". He was born in Tipperary on 12 October 1973, making him 41 heading into this years Rugby World Cup.

    John Lacey played rugby professionally on the wing, or at full back for Munster, scoring 114 tries at Senior club level. Debuting for Munster at the tender age of 18, he made six Heineken Cup appearances for the province. He is one of two referees at this years Rugby World Cup who have played professionally as well, the other being New Zealand's Glen Jackson.
    After just one season refereeing, John Lacey made the difficult decision to retire from his role as captain at his local club, Clanwilliam RFC. He took up refereeing full-time in 2007, at the age of 33.

    John Lacey is stated as saying that he misses the team training and bonding of his playing days as he mostly trains on his own now.

    Compared to his coaching role1 at Munster, Lacey genuinely feels the referee has the best seat in the house, saying that it has allowed him to referee some fantastic players in fantastic stadiums around the world, which he sees as the major benefit of being a referee.

    In an IRB referees' fitness camp back in March 2014, Lacey had the distinction of being the fastest referee in the group. Amongst the competition were Romain Poîte, Chris Pollock, Wayne Barnes, Jaco Peyper and Nigel Owens. (If you are interested, Jaco Peyper was first in the Yo-yo test.)

    Lacey feels that it is a tough job keeping up on the coat tails of players, given the speed and fitness levels of today's game. He believes prematch nerves are good, being nervous gives you that edge to keep you where you need to be during the game.

    John Lacey came across refereeing purely by chance. Though he attended a Munster Association of Referees training course, he still was totally unprepared when asked to take charge of a Munster schools quarter final. He did so as the appointed referee never showed up, due to an administrative error. That was back in 2006. In 2010 he refereed 4 fixtures at the Junior World Championship in Argentina, including the semi-final between South Africa and New Zealand.

    His most memorable game to date has been his first Six Nations match, Wales v Italy at the Millennium Stadium, on the opening weekend of the 2014 championship.

    1As well as being a referee, John Lacey is an IRFU Rugby Development Officer based in Munster & also responsible for Munster Schools Development squads.

    *Image is reproduced for referee education only, all rights remain with the owner.
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. L'irlandais's Avatar
      L'irlandais -
      Sprinkler stopped play? Restart where? How?

      Referee John Lacey was nonplussed when the sprinklers came on unexpectedly during Saturday's World Cup warm-up match, Samoa v Barbarians.

      Source : BBC
  • Recent Activity Widget

    Arabcheif

    Appointment

    Thread Starter: Arabcheif

    Fellow refs, I've had my 1st appointment from my society. It's an U-16 match. It's a few weeks away so I'll be familiarising myself with the U-19 variations between now and then. Any other advice as to how to interact with the boys?

    Last Post By: SimonSmith 35 Minutes Ago Go to last post
    colesy

    Laws of Rugby Union - 1922

    Thread Starter: colesy

    A bit of an odd query but worth a try. My club has its centenary year in 2022 and we’ve started planning a series of events to mark the occasion. I’ve been asked to try to track down the laws of the game as they were in 1922. Other than contacting the RFU, any suggestions?

    Last Post By: L'irlandais 1 Hour Ago Go to last post
    Last_20

    Hand Off or Fend to the face/head/neck

    Thread Starter: Last_20

    Heading into the new season and I am anticipating questions from players clarifying whether hand-offs to the head, face or neck area are impacted by the increased focus on high tackles and high contact in general? I seem to get asked this mostly when refereeing women's matches interestingly?...

    Last Post By: Taff 4 Hours Ago Go to last post
    mcroker

    Wales quickly taken PK...

    Thread Starter: mcroker

    ...after a yellow card, whilst England had a man off the field being subbed and water and physios were on the field. I’m not sure I would have allowed play to resume. Still will teach England to wake up....

    Last Post By: BikingBud 19 Hours Ago Go to last post
    Arabcheif

    Arm protect

    Thread Starter: Arabcheif

    Gents (and any Ladies on the forum). https://www.amazon.co.uk/BREATHABLE-manufactured-thickness-Breathable-additional/dp/B005Z0ST1W/ref=sr_1_39?keywords=rugby+arm+guard&qid=1566554551&s=sports&sr=1-39 Anyone know if these are allowed on the field. If not anyone got any suggestions (for...

    Last Post By: Pablo 21 Hours Ago Go to last post