|Birth name||William Derek Bevan|
|Date of birth||19 June 1947|
|Place of birth||Clydach, Wales|
|Occupation(s)||Rugby union referee|
|Rugby union career|
Bevan refereed his first international match on April 22, 1984, the 1983–84 FIRA Trophy match between Italy and Romania.
Bevan refereed a total of 11 Rugby World Cup games, beginning with two games at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and three games at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including the final between Australia and England. He refereed three games at the 1995 Rugby World Cup including the opening match of the tournament and the semi-final between hosts South Africa and France. At a banquet held after the conclusion of the tournament, the president of the South African Rugby Union, Louis Luyt, described Bevan as "the most wonderful referee in the world" and "the outstanding referee in the World Cup" before attempting to present him with a gold watch estimated to be worth £1000 GBP. Bevan's response was to walkout along with the other officials present, and later said "'It was something I could have done without...It could be misconstrued, and if that is the case, it leaves a bitter taste." He refereed three games at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, hosted in his native Wales, including the semi-final between Australia and South Africa.
His final international appearance was in the 2000 Six Nations game between Ireland and Italy. Later that year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours. He held the Welsh record for number of international matches refereed until 2013, when Nigel Owens surpassed his total of 44 international games.
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