Derek Bevan

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Derek Bevan
Bevan at the 1999 RWC.
Date of birth (1947-09-03) 3 September 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Clydach, Wales
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps

1985-1999
2000
1997-1999
1987-1999
2012-Pres
1984-2000
Heineken Cup
5 Nations Championship
6 Nations Championship
Tri Nations Championship
The Rugby World Cup
total tests

9
1
3
13
43


William Derek Bevan(born September 3, 1947 in Clydach, Swansea, Wales) is a Welsh former international rugby union referee.

Bevan refereed his first international match on April 22, 1984, the 1983–84 FIRA Trophy match between Italy and Romania.

Bevan refereed a total of 13 Rugby World Cup games, beginning with three games at the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup and three games at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including the 1991 Rugby World Cup Final between Australia and England. He refereed three games at the 1995 Rugby World Cup including the opening match of the tournament and the semi-final between hosts South Africa and France. At a banquet held after the conclusion of the tournament, the president of the South African Rugby Union, Louis Luyt, described Bevan as "the most wonderful referee in the world" and "the outstanding referee in the World Cup" before attempting to present him with a gold watch estimated to be worth £1000 GBP. Bevan's response was to walkout along with the other officials present, and later said "'It was something I could have done without...It could be misconstrued, and if that is the case, it leaves a bitter taste."[1] He refereed four games at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, hosted in his native Wales, including the semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

His final international appearance was in the 2000 Six Nations game between Ireland and Italy.[2] Later that year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.[3] He held the Welsh record for number of international matches refereed until 2013, when Nigel Owens surpassed his total of 43 international games.[4]

At club level, Bevan's career highlights include taking charge of the 1997 Heineken Cup Final between Brive and Leicester Tigers[5] and refereeing the WRU Challenge Cup final on four occasions.

Since his retirement from refereeing, Bevan has worked as a Television Match Official.[6]

Test Matches

  1. 1985 Italy Italy v Romania Romania
  2. 1986 France France v England England
  3. 1986 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia(1)
  4. 1986 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia(2)
  5. 1987 New Zealand New Zealand v Italy Italy - RWC
  6. 1987 France France v Zimbabwe Zimbabwe - RWC
  7. 1987 Australia Australia v New Zealand New Zealand - RWC
  8. 1988 Republic of Ireland Ireland v Samoa Samoa
  9. 1990 New Zealand New Zealand v Scotland Scotland
  10. 1991 Republic of Ireland Ireland v France France
  11. 1991 France France v Fiji Fiji - RWC
  12. 1991 Scotland Scotland v Samoa Samoa - RWC QF
  13. 1991 England England v Australia Australia - RWC Final
  14. 1992 Scotland Scotland v England England,
  15. 1992 England England v Republic of Ireland Ireland,
  16. 1992 New Zealand New Zealand v World XV(1)
  17. 1992 New Zealand New Zealand v World XV(2)
  18. 1993 France France v Scotland Scotland,
  19. 1993 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia,
  20. 1993 Canada Canada v Australia Australia,
  21. 1993 Argentina Argentina v South Africa South Africa(1)
  22. 1993 Argentina Argentina v South Africa South Africa(2)
  23. 1994 Scotland Scotlandv France France,
  24. 1994 New Zealand New Zealand v France France(1)
  25. 1994 New Zealand New Zealand v France France(2)
  26. 1995 Scotland Scotlandv Republic of Ireland Ireland-
  27. 1995 South Africa South Africa v Australia Australia - RWC
  28. 1995 New Zealand New Zealand v Scotland Scotland RWC QF
  29. 1995 South Africa South Africa v France France - RWC SF
  30. 1996 Scotland Scotland v England England,
  31. 1996 South Africa South Africa v New Zealand New Zealand,
  32. 1996 France France v South Africa South Africa
  33. 1997 New Zealand New Zealand v South Africa South Africa,
  34. 1997 France France v South Africa South Africa
  35. 1998 England England v Republic of Ireland Ireland,
  36. 1998 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia
  37. 1999 Scotland Scotland v Republic of Ireland Ireland,
  38. 1999 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia
  39. 1999 Republic of Ireland Ireland v Argentina Argentina - RWC
  40. 1999 New Zealand New Zealand v Tonga Tonga - RWC
  41. 1999 Argentina Argentina v France France - RWC QF
  42. 1999 Australia Australiav South Africa South Africa - RWC SF
  43. 2000 Republic of Ireland Irelandv Italy Italy

References

  1. Cleary, Mick; Donegan, Lawrence (1995-06-26). "Afrikaans arrogance sours Springboks' taste of victory". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). http://www.theguardian.com/sport/1995/jun/26/rugbyworldcup2003.rugbyunion1. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  2. "Welsh International Referee Breakdown". Welsh Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/development/referees/internationals/welsh_international_breakdown.php. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  3. "Vorderman's 'proud' birthday honour". BBC News Online (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2000-06-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/793874.stm. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  4. "International Referees". Welsh Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/development/referees/internationals/index.php. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  5. "The Second Heineken Cup Final". European Rugby Cup. 1997-01-25. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/17125.php. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  6. "RaboDirect PRO12 Final referee: Nigel Owens". PRO12 Rugby. 2014-05-28. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. http://www.pro12rugby.com/news/15151.php. 

Further Reading

Bevan, Derek (2001). The Man in the Middle. Seren Books. ISBN 9781854112903. 

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