Early Christmas Present for Navy Referee
Navy Rugby referee, Duncan McClement, has received an early Christmas present with his first senior international appointment. While most eyes will be focussed on Wales v Italy and England v France on the opening day of the 2014 Six Nations tournament Duncan will be in Madrid for Spain v Russia as an Assistant Referee. The match is part of the European Nations Cup where both teams play in the top league and is also part of the qualification process for the 2015 IRB World Cup. Duncan already has happy memories of officiating on the Iberian Peninsular following a successful FIRA AER U19 tournament in Portugal earlier this year.
Spain last played Russia in 2012 with Russia winning a thrilling encounter 41-37 in Moscow. Indeed Russia is on a winning run against Spain having not lost to them since a 38 – 22 defeat back in November 2002. For Duncan it is another step up the representative latter and further confirmation of his on-going development as a referee.
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