Having made his debut in 1994 in the match between Romania and Wales,heentered the 5 Nations Championship the following year in Paris whenFranceplayed Scotland. He also refereed two European Cup finals andofficiated inthe Rugby World Cups of 1995, '99 and 2003.
Dave, who announces his retirement having refereed last Saturday'sCalcuttaCup match in Murrayfield, said, Scotland v England in the 6 Nations is as important a match as thereis inTest rugby and I feel it is an appropriate time for me to finish.
While there is obviously a tinge of regret, I have been fortunate tohavebeen involved for a long time, and have enjoyed it all immensely. I
Irish refereeing has never been stronger and to have four of uscontrollingmatches in this year's 6 Nations is a testimony to the structureswhich theIRFU have in place.
7 He will now concentrate on the development, training andcoaching ofreferees in his recently appointed position as a Referee DevelopmentOfficerwith the IRFU.