20 Jun 2014

Bob Francis honoured by IRB

6:01 am on 20 June 2014

New Zealander Bob Francis has been presented with the International Rugby Board Referee Award for Distinguished Service 2014.

During a career that started in 1961, Francis made an exceptional contribution at all levels of the Game, as both a referee and referee selector.

He took charge of almost 100 first class matches including top internationals, such as the 1986 Rest of the World versus the British and Irish Lions at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales, which he considers one of his most notable appointments.

He later went on to be a referee assessor and then referee selector during several Rugby World Cup campaigns.