the essential The man with the whistle, member of the Midi-Pyrénées Committee, is at the twilight of his career, at 46 years. He remains a reference in refereeing, who received the title of “best referee of the season” on the last Night of Rugby for the sixth time in his career.
He is the third most capped international referee behind Welshman Nigel Owens (96) and England’s Wayne Barnes (96). Referee since 2006, Poite, 14 years, was recently named best French referee of the Top 14 for the season 2020-2021. This is the sixth time he has received this award.
He has also led matches at the World Cups 2011, 2015 and 2019 as well as the final of the Top 2017. Romain Poite will continue to referee in Top 14 and in the European Cup.