Ed Morrison – Head of Elite Referee Development
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How did you get to where you are today?
My official job title is Head of Elite Referee Development reporting directly to Rob Andrew (Elite Rugby Director). When retiring from active refereeing in 2001 I was offered a development role by the then head of officiating which I readily accepted. Within 2 years I moved onto the newly formed Elite Referee Unit as a Development Manager before taking on my present role in July 2008
Why did you join the RFU?
Throughout most of my active refereeing I did so as an amateur until in 1998 when I became the RFU's first full-time professional referee. The opportunity to finish my active career in a full time role was particularly attractive in affording me the time to prepare and analyse my performance in detail.
What does your role involve?
I'm responsible for all officiating matters from the Guinness Premiership upwards. I work extremely closely with my colleagues on the National Panel in ensuring the very best match officials maximise their full potential and ensure the professional game is controlled by the very best match officials available to the RFU.
What do you enjoy most about working for the RFU?
Without hesitation the people, the RFU is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated team of employees who work tirelessly in ensuring the business both on and off the field runs effectively.
What is your take on Rugby?
Rugby has been such a huge part of my life as a player and latterly as a referee. I believe the game is infinitely better as a spectacle with enormous crowds now filling stadiums around the world. It's essential as a sport we retain the characteristics along with the spirit that makes rugby so special.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My desire and determination to ensure officiating continues to improve thus allowing the professional game to continue to flourish.
Message to prospective applicants…
If you’re fortunate to join the RFU you enter an organisation that is hugely respected in all corners of the sporting world. We are witnessing unrivalled interest in rugby, playing participation numbers are increasing along with an enormous upsurge in spectator numbers.