Romain poite is ready to referee his last international match this weekend. The popular Frenchman will deliver justice in the duel of Scotland against Australia Sunday at Murrayfield, and the curtain will drop on a career that has seen him oversee 72 international matches.
The 46-year-old referee, who made his debut in 2006, is third in the list of referees of all time with the most appearances in international matches behind Nigel Owens (100) and Wayne Barnes (96). For Argentines it will remain in the memory as the referee of Los Pumas’ first win against South Africa in 2015.
Poite will be remembered for his unique approach to refereeing and his often inadvertent and fun style of interacting with players on the field of play. He has been to every Rugby World Cup since New Zealand 2011 and has also refereed multiple European and national finals during an illustrious international career that began with Morocco’s match against Namibia, in a 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifier.
The match between Scotland and Australia is not the end of Poite as referee, since will continue to practice at the national level in France and at the European level.