For the 4th year in a row we’re delighted to announce once again that IRB HQ in Dublin have confirmed they are sending one of the Top Tier Referee’s to officiate at the 14th LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP.

Following in the footprints of Afonso Bahia Nogueira (2011), Frank Himmer (2012) and Vlad Iordachescu (2013), joining us this year will be James McPhail.

[frame align=”center”]JMcPhail Ref Photo 1James at work – Hong Kong SEVENS 2013[/frame]

James, a New Zealander by birth, is now based in Europe and has recently become affiliated to the Scottish Rugby Union. Having commenced his refereeing career in 2000, he has become somewhat of a specialist in Rugby SEVENS.

Since 2011 he has played an important role as a member of HSBC Sevens World Series referee panel, officiating in more than 20 matches up to the end of the 2013/2014 season. He also refereed in the 2013 RWC Sevens Moscow and more recently the 2014 IRB Womens Sevens in Amsterdam. This will be James’s first appearance at the ‘spiritual home’ of International Beach 5s Rugby and we’re looking forward to welcoming him not just to Lignano Sabbiadoro but also into the SUPER BEACH 5s family.

The entire SB5 crew would like take this opportunity to again thank all our friends at the IRB for their continued interest in and support of SUPER BEACH 5s & THE LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP. Our desire as always is to continue building the profile of the sport in Europe and we look forward to doing so together with President Octavian Morariu and his team in the newly re-branded RUGBY EUROPE.

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