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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ken laying down law for Metro

pArea: Metro Dublin City and County

pHow many referees: 96

pClubs in region: 30 clubs ranging from junior to senior along with approximately 65 affiliated schools teams

pRep Name: Ken Henley-Willis

pClub: No club

pOccupation: Sales coach at Dell Computers

pStatus/Children: Getting married to Suzie this Christmas who has one daughter Lauren.

pReferee career: Having played rugby through his school days until he was 16, Ken attended the Schools Boys Course run by Bertie Smith (ex-international referee) in Cork in 1997.

Shortly after this an IRFU youth panel of referees was created by Owen Doyle, IRFU director of referees, which allowed Ken and other young referees attend and participate in regular workshops.

In 2002 Ken was promoted to the national panel of referees where he joined the other top referees in the country. Shortly afterwards Ken was awarded the IRFU Young Referee of the Year.

Ken's career highlights include refereeing the Leinster Junior Schools Cup Final in 2004 and the Leinster Senior Schools Cup Final in 2007. Ken has also represented the IRFU in underage internationals along with acting as assistant referee in Magners League and Heineken Cup games.

In 2008, while injured, Ken got involved as the area rep for the Metro area. An area rep's role includes taking new recruits and getting them ready for their trial game. Another part of the role is to organise regular meetings with referees in the area.

Members of the Metro area include two of the most experienced referees in the world in Alain Rolland and Alan Lewis. The final part of the role is to monitor Metro referees' progress throughout the season. Contact: ken_henley_willis@dell.com

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