IRB Referees and Match Officials

IRB Referees and Match Officials

Emirates is at the center of every international rugby match through its sponsorship of the IRB’s referees.

The elite pool of officials who take charge of the sport’s biggest matches wear Emirates' logo on their shirts, ensuring we are with them at the heart of the action on the pitch—and on the touchlines too!

In January 2014, Emirates extended its sponsorship of the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) match officials until the end of 2019, which includes for the first time in Rugby World Cup (RWC) history the rights to brand the shirts of match officials on the field of play during the tournament. Since the inception of RWC in 1987, no brand has ever been featured on the uniforms of players or match officials.

The airline also sponsors the Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019, Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, and Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, as well as US Rugby Sevens and XVs teams.


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