Ref Watch: Straight Outta Canton

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Irish referee Andrew Brace will take charge of Cardiff Blues’ Monday night trip to Murrayfield to face Edinburgh, 7.45pm kick-off.

The 32-year-old will referee his 59th game in the Guinness Pro14, having made his debut at the Arms Park back in September 2015 when Cardiff beat Zebre comfortably.

Although he referees out of Ireland now, working for the Munster branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union as a Community Officer, Brace was born in Canton and went to Fitzalan High School, before playing international rugby for Belgium and then heading for the Emerald Isle upon retiring from playing due to injury.

Since taking up the whistle professionally he has refereed ten Cardiff Blues games in all competitions, resulting in six wins for us. He has been in the middle for eight Edinburgh games, with the Scottish side winning five times.

At the end of last season Brace refereed both the Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup Final, while he took charge of Wales’ defeat against Scotland at Parc y Scarlets last weekend.

So far in 2020/21 he has taken charge two games, Edinburgh’s loss at home to Ospreys on the opening day and Scarlets’ win at Benetton in round three. He has shown two yellow cards and sent one player off.

Brace will be assisted by Hollie Davidson and Ian Kenny, both of Scotland, while Sam Grove-White, who refereed last week’s loss to Ulster, will act as the Television Match Official.

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