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." 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. Later that year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours. He held the Welsh record for number of international matches refereed until 2013, when Nigel Owens surpassed his total of 43 international games.
At club level, Bevan's career highlights include taking charge of the 1997 Heineken Cup Final between Brive and Leicester Tigers and refereeing the WRU Challenge Cup final on four occasions.
Since his retirement from refereeing, Bevan has worked as a Television Match Official.
- 1985 Italy v Romania
- 1986 France v England
- 1986 New Zealand v Australia(1)
- 1986 New Zealand v Australia(2)
- 1987 New Zealand v Italy - RWC
- 1987 France v Zimbabwe - RWC
- 1987 Australia v New Zealand - RWC
- 1988 Ireland v Samoa
- 1990 New Zealand v Scotland
- 1991 Ireland v France
- 1991 France v Fiji - RWC
- 1991 Scotland v Samoa - RWC QF
- 1991 England v Australia - RWC Final
- 1992 Scotland v England,
- 1992 England v Ireland,
- 1992 New Zealand v World XV(1)
- 1992 New Zealand v World XV(2)
- 1993 France v Scotland,
- 1993 New Zealand v Australia,
- 1993 Canada v Australia,
- 1993 Argentina v South Africa(1)
- 1993 Argentina v South Africa(2)
- 1994 Scotlandv France,
- 1994 New Zealand v France(1)
- 1994 New Zealand v France(2)
- 1995 Scotlandv Ireland-
- 1995 South Africa v Australia - RWC
- 1995 New Zealand v Scotland RWC QF
- 1995 South Africa v France - RWC SF
- 1996 Scotland v England,
- 1996 South Africa v New Zealand,
- 1996 France v South Africa
- 1997 New Zealand v South Africa,
- 1997 France v South Africa
- 1998 England v Ireland,
- 1998 New Zealand v Australia
- 1999 Scotland v Ireland,
- 1999 New Zealand v Australia
- 1999 Ireland v Argentina - RWC
- 1999 New Zealand v Tonga - RWC
- 1999 Argentina v France - RWC QF
- 1999 Australiav South Africa - RWC SF
- 2000 Irelandv Italy
- ↑ 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.
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- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.