Ernie Lewis: Oldest WRU international referee dies, aged 91
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Ernie Lewis, who was Wales' oldest surviving international rugby union referee, has died at the age of 91.
A former teacher, Lewis started refereeing in 1956 and took charge of the France v Australia international in Toulouse in December 1971.
He refereed many Barbarians games and was a regular touch judge in international matches.
He was running the line when Gareth Edwards scored "that try" for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973.
Recalling his international debut as a referee, Lewis said he "needed a police escort to get to the dressing room" after a controversial penalty helped Australia to a 13-11 win over France.
Before turning to refereeing, Lewis enjoyed a successful playing career with Ebbw Vale, Abertillery and Newport. He also played against Australia (1974) and New Zealand (1975) for a combined Abertillery and Cross Keys side, both at Abertillery Park.
After retiring as a referee, he went on to become a WRU referee assessor and president of the Welsh Society of Rugby Referees. His son is former WRU chief executive Steve Lewis.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday, 4 August at 1400 BST at the Gwent Crematorium in Cwmbran.