Rolland returns to ref in Wales
December 22, 2011
Rolland shows Wales captain Sam Warburton a red card during their Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to France © Getty Images
Alain Rolland will referee his first match on Welsh soil next month his controversial decision to send off skipper Sam Warburton in Wales' World Cup semi-final defeat to France.
Rolland is sure of a heated reception when he referees the Scarlets' Heineken Cup clash with Northampton Saints at Parc y Scarlets on January 14. The Irishman famously sent off the Welsh skipper for a dangerous tackle on France winger Vincent Clerc during France's 9-8 victory.
Rolland was overlooked for all of Wales' 2012 Six Nations games following the criticism he received from Welsh fans for that decision during the World Cup in New Zealand.
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