Doyle in 2016
|Birth name||John Paul Doyle|
|Date of birth||3 August 1979|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|University||St Mary's University College, Twickenham|
|Occupation(s)||Full time referee|
|Rugby union career|
John Paul "JP" Doyle (born 3 August 1979) is an Irish rugby union referee from Dublin, in Leinster. Doyle is one of just six full-time rugby union referees employed by the English Rugby Football Union.
John Paul Doyle (most commonly referred to as JP Doyle) was born on 3 August 1979 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Terry Doyle, former President (2006/7) of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch of the IRFU.
He played scrum-half for Terenure College (school), Terenure College RFC and St Mary's University College, Twickenham where he trained to be a secondary school teacher. He was forced to stop playing due to an injury and surgery on his back in 2002.
Doyle started his refereeing career with the Association of Referees Leinster Branch of the IRFU in 2001 and joined the London Society of RFU Referees in January 2003. He was promoted to the South East Group later in 2003 and to the National Panel in 2006. He refereed the final of the Daily Mail Under 18 Schools Cup at Twickenham Stadium in 2007 and the EDF Energy National Trophy Final in 2008.
He was appointed as a trainee full-time official on 1 September 2008. In May 2010, the Elite Referee Unit (ERU) of the RFU confirmed his full-time contract after successfully completing a two-year trainee programme that had seen him referee in the Premiership, the IRB Sevens circuit, the Churchill Cup and Pacific Rim Rugby Championship tournaments.
Doyle refereed his first European Challenge Cup match in the 2007-08 season on 18 January 2008 when he officiated at Dax verses Calvisano pool game. His first Heineken Cup game followed in the 2010-11 season on 17 October 2010 (the pool game between Perpignan and Benetton Treviso).
On 27 May 2014, it was announced that Doyle would referee the 2014 Aviva Premiership final, his first as referee.