Nigel Whitehouse, who referred 41 European club rugby games, has announced his retirement from the international refereeing scene.

Whitehouse, who was touch judge for last weekend’s Ireland versus England RBS Six Nations match at Croke Park, has stood down in order to concentrate on his career as a Police Inspector.

The first Heineken Cup game that the Welshman refereed was the Caledonia V Brive match on October 20 1996. Since then Whitehouse has officiated over 28 Heineken Cup and 13 European Challenge Cup games. He presided over the thrilling 2006 European Challenge Cup final when Gloucester managed overcome London Irish only after extra-time. The Police Inspector also refereed the 2004 and 2001 European Challenge Cup finals.

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