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Alain Rolland
Ireland
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Full name Alain Colm Pierre Rolland
Born August 22, 1966, Dublin
Current age 47 years 341 days
Major teams Ireland
Position Scrum-half
Other Referee
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 175 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1990-1995 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 66.66

Career statistics
Test debut Ireland v Argentina at Lansdowne Road, Oct 27, 1990 match details
Last Test Italy v Ireland at Treviso, May 6, 1995 match details
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As an ex-pro who is fluent in both English and French, it is hardly surprising that Alain Rolland is considered a model match offical.

Rolland, the son of a French father, was a scrum-half of some repute in his playing days. He made over 40 appearances for Leinster and also earned three caps for Ireland before retiring at the tail end of the professional era.

Rolland turned his attention to refereeing and his first international assignment was Wales' clash with Romanian in September, 2001. Less than six months later, he was officiating in the the Six Nations for the first time.

His reputation as a firm but fair official grew significantly thereafter and Rolland was utilised in the 2003 Tri-Nations before making his World Cup debut in Australia later in the year.

Four years later Rolland was bestowed with the honour of refereeing the World Cup final, the meeting of South Africa and England in Paris, thus confirming his status as one of the most respected and highly-rated match officials in world rugby.

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Nov 9, 2013
Old friends? Not exactly. Warren Gatland in conversation with referee Alain Rolland
Old friends? Not exactly. Warren Gatland in conversation with referee Alain Rolland
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Apr 28, 2013
Referee Alain Rolland wears a 'ref-cam'
Referee Alain Rolland wears a 'ref-cam'
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Jan 14, 2012
Referee Alain Rolland signals a decision
Referee Alain Rolland signals a decision
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Dec 18, 2011
Referee Alain Rolland lectures Quins' team manager Graeme Bowerbank
Referee Alain Rolland lectures Quins' team manager Graeme Bowerbank
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