Mike Adamson to end long wait for Scots referee in men’s Six Nations

Former Scotland 7s star is set to become the first Scot to referee a men's Six Nations match in 19 years

Mike Adamson is set to become the first Scot to referee a men's Six Nations match in 19 years. Image: ©Craig Watson
Mike Adamson is set to become the first Scot to referee a men's Six Nations match in 19 years. Image: ©Craig Watson

MIKE ADAMSON is set to become the first Scot to referee a men’s Six Nations match in 19 years when he officiates next year’s round two match between England and Italy at Twickenham on 13th February. 

The former Scotland 7s international Adamson will be joined by fellow Scot Ben Blain, who has been appointed as an assistant referee.

Adamson had been set to referee his first international match involving a tier one nation in October but missed out when the England versus Barbarians fixture was cancelled due to breaches of Covid-19 protocols.

Rob Dickson was the last Scot to referee a men’s Six Nations match when he was the man in the middle during Ireland’s 32-17 victory over Italy in March 2002.


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“Being appointed to the Six Nations tournament is a great feeling,” said Adamson. “It’s something I have been working towards for a while now. I’ve had a few set-backs in the last couple of years, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go out there and show what I can do in such a big competition.”

“Obviously, this will be a great personal achievement but it’s not just about me; there have been a lot of people working hard in the background leading up to this point, and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

“Getting the appointment to a tournament like this feels similar to being a player selected for the team. It’s a great feeling, but then you need to put in a good performance. It’s the same in refereeing, I need to do a good job.”

“Because of the pandemic I’ve had a number of fixtures cancelled, so any chance I’ve had to get involved has been a privilege and I’m doing everything I can to get ready to take to the pitch for the tournament in 2021.”

Along with refereeing in round two, Adamson has also been appointed to three further competition fixtures as an Assistant Referee.

Competition organisers also announced Sam Grove-White as the appointed referee to two fixtures for the U20s 6 Nations Tournament with Neil Paterson acting as TMO for both matches.

Appointments in full:

Mike Adamson

6th Feb: Italy v France (AR)

13th Feb: England v Italy (Ref)

27th Feb: Italy v Ireland (AR)

18th Mar:  England v France (AR)

Ben Blain

13th Feb: England v Italy (AR)

Sam Grove-White

7th Feb: Italy u20 v Ireland u20 (Ref)

13th Mar: England u20 v France u20 (Ref)

Neil Paterson

7th Feb: Italy u20 v Ireland u20 (TMO)

13th Mar: England u20 v France u20 (TMO)


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5 Comments

    • He’s there to ref, not to entertain. Having great craic with the players does not necessarily lead to good, unbiased decision making.

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  1. Congratulations Mike from all at Edinburgh University Rugby Football Club. We wish you every success in your first appointment. I am sure Dave and the rest of the Adamson family will be delighted for you.

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