25 Apr Towns Cup Referee – Clive Wardrop
Clive Wardrop’s refereeing career started early when his career was cut short at the age of
24 while playing rugby in New Zealand professionally. He played at outside half and was
coached by none other than Joe Schmidt in a successful Wilson’s School cup team. On his
return to Ireland after injury he wished to stay involved in the game, a return to playing
at lower levels was not possible after two unsuccessful attempts to return, so he decided
to try refereeing.
This proved to be a very successful rugby career choice and Clive has refereed at all levels
for the past 18 seasons and was even named Leinster referee of the year two seasons ago.
He has also coached the game and so knows what is like to stand on the side-lines and to
watch a referee officiate a game where you have a team involved.
The important thing is to have good law knowledge and to be able to consistently apply
the law and use the correct judgement in a game. Each game is different and you need to
be conscious of flash points and to maintain control. A successful game is when no one
discusses the referee and you are anonymous and the game just plays out.
Memorable Games? One recent game was a 2 leg tournament and the team for the return
leg had a 42 point deficit and managed to score 56 : 13 thereby clinching victory by one
point. Games like this stick in the memory and obviously the part of the referee is to
facilitate a match that is an enjoyable game!
Everyone knows that without a ref there is no game.
Earliest Coaches: Joe Schmidt
Do You Play Any Other Sports: Cricket during the Summer.
What do you do to stay fit: Farming every day of the week and five children is plenty.
Favourite Player To Watch Growing Up Rugby/Other sports: Keith Wood / Shane Warne
Favourite Cartoon As A Kid: Tom & Jerry the originals ones from the 1940’s
Inspiration person: I suppose my brother Trevor has been a big influence
My Last Meal Would Be: Bacon and Cabbage
Stranded On An Island, What Are Your 3 Essential Items? Burgage’s Pub (my local),A
Rugby Ball , Women.
What Would You Buy With Your Last €50: Buy some sheep!