Ref Watch: The Welsh Englishman

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Friday night’s European Challenge Cup game between Cardiff Blues and Pau at the Stade du Hameau will be refereed by English official Tom Foley.

Despite having started his refereeing career while in England at Bristol University though, the 32-year-old originally hails from South Wales.

An experienced official in the Gallagher Premiership, Foley has not yet broken into the top tier of referees in Europe, only taking charge of one Heineken Champions Cup game so far in his career.

He has officiated two Cardiff Blues games previously, both away from home and both resulting in wins, against Wasps in 2015 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, and against Toulouse in 2017, the season we went on to win the tournament for the second time in Bilbao.

Foley will be assisted by Jack Makepeace and Jonathan Healy, both of England.

Stats courtesy of www.cardiffrfcfans.com

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