Chris Busby to join IRFU’s Referee High Performance Panel – Irish Rugby


Chris Busby will be part of the IRFU’s Excessive Efficiency Panel forward of the 2021/22 season alongside Andrew Brace, Frank Murphy and Pleasure Neville.

The IRFU’s excessive efficiency referees officiate throughout a large spectrum of tournaments across the globe together with Internationals, the Guinness PRO16, EPCR European Membership competitions, Rugby Europe, Rugby Championship, Rugby World Cups, the Sevens World Collection and the Energia AIL.

Chris has simply been appointed to 2 excessive profile fixtures within the re-scheduled U20 Six Nations Championships which is able to happen in Cardiff throughout June and July.

Within the opening spherical of fixtures Busby has the whistle for the late kick-off between England and France on Saturday 19thJune on the Cardiff Arms Park.

In spherical 4 Busby takes cost of Wales v England once more within the late kick-off on Wednesday 7th July with IRFU assistant referees Eoghan Cross and Peter Martin in help and skilled Irish TMO Brian McNeice additionally in situ.

Busby has refereed on this competitors twice earlier than within the 2020 version the place he oversaw Italy’s defeat of Wales in spherical 1 and Wales defeat by Scotland in Spherical 5.

A product of the Ulster Society of Rugby Soccer Referees (USRFR) having earned his stripes within the AIL and garnered expertise within the Rugby Europe Championship in 2020, Busby has refereed seven Guinness PRO14 video games and a couple of Rainbow Cup fixtures this season thus far in addition to two EPCR Problem Cup matches.

Dudley Phillips, IRFU Head of Referees, commented,

“Chris has labored onerous to get so far of his refereeing profession and that is an thrilling new chapter for him as he transitions to the excessive efficiency panel.  He has constructed his expertise throughout a number of competitions and progressed on account of his diligence and dedication.”

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