| Alain Rolland|
Blackrock College RFC
Alain Colm Pierre Rolland (born 22 August 1966, in France) is an Irish rugby union referee and former player. He played provincially for Leinster, and gained three caps for Ireland. He refereed the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and was an assistant referee in the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In September 2013 he announced his intention to retire from refereeing at the end of the 2013/14 season.
Alain Rolland Wikipedia
During his playing days as a scrum-half, Rolland earned three caps for Ireland. He started the match on 27 October 1990 against Argentina, and gained further caps as a replacement against Italy in 1994 and the USA in 1995. He won 40 provincial caps for Leinster, and played club rugby for Blackrock College. He also played 11 times for English club Moseley during the 1996/97 season.
Rolland retired as a player at the start of the professional era and began refereeing, with his first Test appointment coming on 19 September 2001 when Wales beat Romania 81-9 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
He made his Six Nations refereeing debut six months later, when France beat Scotland 22-10 at Murrayfield, with his first Tri-Nations match following in July 2003, with New Zealand’s record 52-16 defeat of South Africa.
Rolland refereed in the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups and was appointed to referee the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Rolland, along with fellow Irishman George Clancy, was selected to a ten-man referee panel for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was an assistant referee in the final.
On 22 February 2014, Rolland refereed his last International match as Wales defeated France 27-6 in the 2014 Six Nations Championship at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He is scheduled to referee his last major European contest on 24 May 2014 in the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
Rolland is a member of the Leinster Branch of Referees. His full-time job is as a mortgage broker in Dublin.