Today the IRB announced the 10 referees who will take part in the final stages of this year’s Rugby World Cup, as well as who will referee each quarter-final this weekend.
Wayne Barnes (England), George Clancy (Ireland), Craig Joubert (South Africa), Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Nigel Owens (Wales), Dave Pearson (England), Romain Poite (France), Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Steve Walsh (Australia) will take on the referee and assistant roles for the remainder of the tournament, while Giulio De Santis (Italy) and Shaun Veldsman (South Africa) have been selected as the television match officials.
For the quarter-finals in the Northern Hemisphere side of the draw, South Africa’s Craig Joubert will be the man in charge of the all Celt affair between Ireland and Wales in Wellington on Saturday. New Zealand’s ARU registered referee, Steve Walsh, will take on England v France in Auckland on the same day.
The all Tri-Nations affair between South Africa and Australia in Wellington on Sunday will be refereed by New Zealand’s Bryce Lawrence. The final quarter-final between New Zealand and Argentina will be managed by the only Northern Hemisphere referee in this stage of the tournament: Wales’ Nigel Owens.
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