Rugby League: death of Julien Rascagnères, figure of the XIII internationally

Former international player, coach and referee Julien Rascagnères died on Monday at the age of 77 in Cabestany.

A Great Britain – Australia in October 1982 in front of almost 30,000 supporters in Hull, or the same confrontation, four years later (1986), this time in front of 51,000 supporters at Old Trafford are the great moments that Julien Rascagnères experienced and offered as a Rugby League referee. An international reference who nevertheless refereed Australia ten times, after a career as a player at the Catalan XII, Pia and Saint-Cyprien as a hooker or third line. Julien Rascagnères also remains the referee who took out a white handkerchief from his shorts after successful conversions and defeats in international matches. “His sensible officiating style took him to the highest level and he left an important mark on the Rugby he loved,” said of him, Tas Baitieri, worthy representative of the French XII in Australia.

Julien Rascagnères carried the colors of French refereeing very high, not hesitating to put himself in the middle of the altercation between Greg Dowling and Kebin Tamaai at Lang Park.

Rugby League has lost one of its legends, the greatest French referee who is the most central officer during meetings between Australia and Great Britain.

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