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FORMER Moseley fly-half Greg Macdonald and Kent PE teacher Matt Carley are the first intake to the RFUs National Referee Academy.

Macdonald, who only took up refereeing two-and-a-half years ago when his senior playing career was drawing to a close, and Carley will develop their refereeing skills under the tutelage of former international official Chris White.

White, the countrys most experienced senior match official after taking charge of 50 major internationals, including appearances at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups, is now the RFUs National Referee Academy Manager with responsibility for developing the next generation of top rank officials.

Both Greg and Matt have attended a detailed profiling day when we looked at their current fitness levels in terms of IRB standards and put them through a physical screening as well as talking through their refereeing experiences and ambitions for the future, White said.

They recorded very good sprint times and their commitment to their refereeing development was evident throughout. Both have been monitored closely through the existing development scheme and also by myself in the role of National Referee Academy Manger.

Matt has been refereeing for around eight years now. He graduated from Gloucestershire University where he was the inaugural student in the refereeing scholarship they run.

He learnt a great deal from his time refereeing in the county as well as back in the South East where his development has been carefully managed. Matt played some rugby at University but increasingly concentrated on his refereeing career .

Matt moves well and communicates well with the stakeholders of the game and has made considerable progress in this his first season on the National Panel . He has now refereed at Level 4 , Level 3 ,the Aviva A league and the British & Irish Cup this year as well as an International tournament in Dubai all in the space of four months.

Greg has only been refereeing for two and a half seasons and has made rapid progress in that time . He moves and communicates well with the players .

Greg played in the Championship up until his retirement and moved straight into refereeing where his potential was quickly recognised . He has shown that the potential pathway for former players exists . Like Matt, in his first year on the Panel, he has refereed now at Level 4 and 3 and in Dubai this season.

Richard Glynne-Jones, the RFUs Head of Referee Development, believes that Macdonald and Carley will benefit from Whites vast refereeing experience.The establishment of the Academy has further enhanced the excellent referee development work already occurring up and down the country, Glynne-Jones said.

Chriss involvement has been, and will continue to be, hugely beneficial as we seek to identify, develop and progress the next generation of top flight referees.

Macdonald, whose father Colin is a referee and National Leagues assistant referee, joined the Staffordshire Referees Society. Carley, 25, became a South East Group referee two years ago.

Both Macdonald and Carley were appointed to the RFU National Referee Panel last summer.

Ed Morrison, the RFUs Head of Elite Referee Development, said: The introduction of the RFU Referee Academy is an exciting innovation. I would personally like to congratulate Greg and Matt on their introduction into the academy.

We believe under the expert guidance of Chris White these two individuals will be offered every possible opportunity to fulfil their ambition to officiate at the highest level and I wish them every success.

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