Joël Jutge

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Joël Jutge
Date of birth (1966-04-05) April 5, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Lavaur[disambiguation needed]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
US Colomiers
Cahors
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
2003-2007
2000-2009
2002-
Rugby World Cup
Test Matches
Six Nations
Heineken Cup

Joël Jutge (born 5 April 1966 in Lavaur)[disambiguation needed] is a former French international rugby union referee. He made his international refereeing debut in a 2000 match between Italy and Romania in Naples. Jutge decided to be a referee in 1991 after his playing career was brought to an end by a knee ligament injury. He played for French club US Colomiers as a scrum-half, and later moved to Cahors before becoming a referee.

He has controlled many notable matches, and officiated his first Six Nations Championship match in 2002, between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff and subsequently the Heineken Cup final between Leicester Tigers and Munster. He was a referee at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and has been appointed as one for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France also.

However, since the World Cup, he has suffered a chronic knee injury and had to withdraw from refereeing the Calcutta Cup match in 2009. On 16 June 2009 it was announced that Jutge had retired from refereeing.[1]

On August 3, 2012, Jutge was announced as Paddy O'Brien's successor to the position of IRB High Performance Match Official Manager. He will begin on September 3, 2012.[2]

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