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That’s a ref wrap!

As well as the huge on-field successes of English teams at the European Touch Championships in Vichy, the success extended to many of the English referees at the tournament (without whom of course there wouldn’t be any matches!)

After sending nearly a third of the entire contingent of referees - the largest of any single nation - to the tournament, 15 of the 27 referees who travelled were appointed to finals, and England provided the top ranked male (Gareth Hinds) and female (Alice 'Scooby' Watchorn) referees. Several referees made their European debuts, and many others achieved upgrades and awards.

Robin Budd, England Touch Referee manager, said: "Euros are always challenging due to the long days, the pressure to perform on important games, and the quality of some of the play.

"The heat this week added another dimension - but I couldn't be more proud of how everyone, including our contingent, stepped up.

"There were huge improvements across the board, and some amazing performances as reflected by the names from England in the finals appointments and upgrade lists.

"I'm excited for the future, as we had some awesome performances by the debutante referees and a load more who have developed incredibly from last year's tournament."

Dhris Simon, England Touch CEO, added: “I’m so proud of our referee contingent and all the hard work they’ve put in during a long season including two major international tournaments. The number of top-level badges being achieved shows that we have real strength in depth in our referee ranks.

"I’m especially grateful to our referee manager, Robin Budd, for all his incredible dedication to the sport in the UK and Europe; the Lucas van Hoff award going to Robin this week was richly deserved!”

The full listings are below:

Chair of Tournament Referee Coaching Panel

Ian Syder

Tournament Referee Manager

Robin Budd

Upgrade to Level 4 Referee Coach

Steven Dubreuil

Lucas van Hoff award (for dedication to the development of referees in the sport)

Robin Budd

European Debuts

Patrick Burchell

Cara Edwards

Siâny Gilding

Alex Joseph

Ollie Simon

Jacob Whitehead

Upgrade to Level 5 (the highest-level badge)

Layo Aromire

Robin Budd

Jack Harris

Dan Harrison

Upgrade to Level 4

Rachael Atkins

Mike Davis

Julian Edwards

Theo Edwards

Fergal Evans

Oliver Exton

Upgrade to Level 3

Siâny Gilding

Finals Appointments

M45: Mike Davis, Rachael Atkins

M40Theo Edwards, Fergal Evans

W40Matthew Emmerson, Oliver Exton,

X30Layo Aromire

M30Robin Budd, Jack Harris

XODan Harrison, Kathy van de Rijt

WOJordi Bittloch

MOAlice Watchorn, Gareth Hines, Nicolas van de Rijt

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