Last Saturday, before the Ulster Bank League clash with Terenure, Old Wesley made a special presentation to Alan Lewis to mark his recent retirement from refereeing.
Alan Lewis refereed at the highest level and took charge of 47 major international matches, 83 Heineken Cup games and refereed at both the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.
Amongst his major achievements were to referee the Heineken Cup final in 2007 and a World Cup quarter-final in the same year. He is one of the longest serving referees in international rugby.
A member of Old Wesley since 1982, Alan played on the McCorry Cup team that reached the final in the 1982/83 season only to be beaten 10-6 by UCD.
He was a very fine out-half and an excellent place-kicker and would have gone far as a player, only that injury cut short his career at a young age.
Alan then took up refereeing and has represented the club with distinction over many years throughout all parts of the world. He was previously honoured by Old Wesley in 2005 by being made a Vice-President of the club.
Alan thanked the club for the presentation and went on to entertain the large audience with many amusing stories from his long and illustrious career.
The audience was further entertained by speeches from the President of Old Wesley, Ivan White, and the President of Terenure College, Ronnie Harrison.
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