Rob Debney

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Rob Debney
Birth nameRobert Stephen Debney
Date of birth (1973-12-15) 15 December 1973 (age 48)
Place of birthStafford, England
UniversityLoughborough University
SpouseMichelle Lester (engaged)
ChildrenHolly Debney

Alexander Debney

Elodie Debney
Occupation(s)Rugby union referee
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
2009 1872 Cup

Rob Debney (born 15 December 1973) is a former professional rugby union referee who represented the English Rugby Union. He now competes in Ironman competitions.[1]

Rugby union career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

A neck injury stopped Debney's playing career while he was still at school and he began refereeing.[2][3]

Referee career[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Debney was a referee for the English Rugby Union from 1999 to 2011.[4]

He refereed his first English Premiership match in 2004.[2]

He refereed his first 1872 Cup match on 2 January 2009.[5]

International career[edit]

Debney refereed the U21 World Cup final in 2003.[2]

Outside of rugby[edit]

Debney is an Director of Sales at TOMZ Corporation.[4] He occasionally writes rugby union articles for The Times newspaper.[6]


  1. ^ "Rob Debney (@robdebney) | Twitter".
  2. ^ a b c "TEAM". advantage.
  3. ^ Rob Debney (2006-01-31). "WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FULL-TIME REFEREE" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  4. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  5. ^ "Glasgow Warriors | Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh".
  6. ^ referee, Rob Debney, former international (September 25, 2019). "Rugby World Cup: Russia player could have been killed" – via