Churchill Cup officials appointed
April 16, 2007

With just under five weeks until the Barclays Churchill Cup comes to England for the first time, the tournament has confirmed the six officials who will be in charge during the nine match tournament.

As part of the alliance nature of the tournament each participating nation provides one referee and the tournament aims to develop referees as well as players and coaches.

Two of the referees - Andrew Small of England and Phil Smith of Canada - have both been involved in previous tournaments, whilst it will be the first time that Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Andrew MacPherson (Scotland), Graham Bullen (USA) and George Clancey (Ireland) will be involved.

The IRB affiliated tournament kicks of on Friday 18th of May with England Saxons against USA in Stockport and is staged across the country. All six teams - England Saxons, New Zealand Maori, Scotland A, Ireland A, USA and Canada - will be in action on Finals Day at Twickenham on Saturday 2nd June.

Speaking on the appointment, the RFU's Ed Morrison, Referee Manager for the Barclays Churchill Cup said, "The tournament has been successful as a development tool for referees since its introduction four years ago. With the Rugby World Cup on the near horizon this year's tournament will be more competitive than ever, and it is ia great opportunity for these young officials to show their obvious potential in such a high profile International tournament. "

The schedule for the officials' appointments will be announced nearer the time.

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