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.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Firdose Moonda looks at the moves towards greater integration within South African rugby ... and what the future holds
Martin Gillingham looks ahead to what he believes is the most remarkable ever climax to the league phase of the Top 14
With just two rounds left in the regular season, we look at the prospects of the teams taking part in the Championship play-offs
Joe Simpson talks to Charlie Morgan about loss, Wasps and being England's game-breaker