Mike Adamson to referee two Men’s Six Nations matches

He will the games between France and Italy in round one and between England and Wales in round three

Mike Adamson will be the referee for two Six Nations matches this year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Mike Adamson will be the referee for two Six Nations matches this year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

MIKE ADAMSON has been appointed referee for two Guinness Six Nations matches. He will be the man in the middle when France take on Italy on the opening weekend and then England clash with Wales in round three of the competition.

He will also be an Assistant Referee for the round four match between England and Ireland and the round five match between France and England.

“After receiving my first Six Nations appointment last year at Twickenham it is great to be given a couple of matches in this year’s championship,” said Adamson, who became the first Scotsman to officiate a men’s Six Nations fixture in 19 years last season. “The Guinness Six Nations is such a special tournament and one that all referees want to be involved in.”


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“Last year was incredibly special for me, refereeing my first match in the tournament but it was different to how I’d envisaged it would be with the lack of crowds. I’m expecting a different experience this year with full crowds though. It’ll feel more like my first Six Nations than last year did as I enjoy refereeing in front of a crowd. It is noticeable how much the fans lift the players, and that in turn increases the intensity of the games.

“I prepare for these games quite similarly to a URC or EPCR match by watching previous matches and focussing specifically on set pieces so I know what to expect. We’ve also got a World Rugby meeting at the end of the month where we’ll discuss key trends that have appeared during the last wee while and that is incredibly useful for my preparation.

“I’ll put together a game plan for the tournament and havemeetings with the officials I’ll be working with. The TMO for the first game is from Australia for example so I’ve never worked with him and it’ll be important to establish a good relationship with him and talk about situations we may need to deal with in the game.”

Scottish Rugby’s Performance Director Jim Mallinder said: “Mike is leading the way for Scottish refereeing and his latest appointmentsare just reward for his hard work and commitment.

“At Scottish Rugby we are committed to improving the levelof Scottish referees and increasing the number of match officials operating to the top competitions.

“As part of the ongoing restructure of the high performance department, refereeing is a key part of that and Mike’s journey is inspirational for others to follow in his footsteps.”

2022 Guinness Six Nations refereeing appointments –

ROUND 1

Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium, Dublin; Saturday 5 February – 2.15pm)

  • Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Angus Gardner (RA)
  • TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)

Scotland v England (BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh; Saturday 5 February – 4.45pm)

  • Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Nic Berry (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Craig Evans (WRU)
  • TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

France v Italy (Stade de France, Paris; Sunday 6 February – 3pm)

  • Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Damon Murphy (RA)
  • TMO: Brett Cronan (RA)

ROUND 2

Wales v Scotland (Principality Stadium, Cardiff; Saturday 12 February – 2.15pm)

  • Referee: Nic Berry (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Chris Busby (IRFU)
  • TMO: Brett Cronan (RA)

France v Ireland (Stade de France, Paris; Saturday 12 February – 4.45pm)

  • Referee: Angus Gardner (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Craig Evans (WRU)
  • TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Italy v England (Stadio Olimpico, Rome; Sunday 13 February – 3pm)

  • Referee: Damon Murphy (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: TBC
  • TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

ROUND 3

Scotland v France (BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh; Saturday 26 February – 2.15pm)

  • Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Luke Pearce (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Chris Busby (IRFU)
  • TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)

England v Wales (Twickenham, London; Saturday 26 February – 4.45pm)

  • Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
  • TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Ireland v Italy (Aviva Stadium, Dublin; Sunday 27 February – 3pm)

  • Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Carley (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
  • TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)

ROUND 4

  • Wales v France (Principality Stadium, Cardiff; Friday 11 March – 8pm)
  • Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Piardi (FIR)
  • TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)

Italy v Scotland (Stadio Olimpico, Rome; Saturday 12 March – 2.15pm)

  • Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Craig Evans (WRU)
  • TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)

England v Ireland (Twickenham, London; Saturday 12 March – 4.45pm)

  • Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
  • TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)

ROUND 5

Wales v Italy (Principality Stadium, Cardiff; Saturday 19 March – 2.15pm)

  • Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Carley (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Tual Trainini (FFR)
  • TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)

Ireland v Scotland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin; Saturday 19 March – 4.45pm)

  • Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Karl Dickson (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Ridley (FFR)
  • TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)

France v England (Stade de France, Paris; Saturday 19 March – 8pm)

  • Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
  • TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)

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