The IRB is set to announce the 10 referees to take charge at this year’s Rugby World Cup.
The South Africans are up in arms over the absence of Mark Lawrence and Marius Jonker whilst everyone’s favourite touch judge, Stuart Dickinson, is also absent.
Meanwhile, Steve Walsh appears on the list, which is something of a surprise given that whenever we read about him, he tends to have ‘discredited’ before any mention of his name.
Here is the list as reported on Sport24.com:
Wayne Barnes and Dave Pearson (England), Romain Poite (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Alain Rolland and George Clancy (Ireland), Steve Walsh (Australia), Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan (both SA).
Jerome Garces (France), Chris Pollock and Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Simon McDowell (Ireland), Stuart Terheege (England), Tim Hayes (Wales) and Carlo Damasco (Italy) are set to be touch judges.
What are your thoughts? Are these the band of men that will referee Richie McCaw out of the World Cup?