Joubert headlines RWC panel

2015-04-07 20:30
Craig Joubert (AFP)

Cape Town - South Africa's Craig Joubert is one of 12 referees chosen by World Rugby on Tuesday to officiate matches at the Rugby World Cup in England in September.

Joubert, who has officiated 55 Tests to date, will be joined by (union and number of Tests): Wayne Barnes (RFU, 57), George Clancy (IRFU, 38), JP Doyle (RFU, 12), Jérôme Garcès (FFR, 22), Pascal Gauzere (FFR, 17), Glen Jackson (NZR, 10), John Lacey (IRFU, 13), Nigel Owens (WRU, 60), Jaco Peyper (SARU, 20), Romain Poite (FFR, 39) and Chris Pollock (NZR, 18).

In addition, the full list of assistant referees, namely: Federico Anselmi, Stuart Berry, Mike Fraser, Angus Gardner, Leighton Hodges, Marius Mitrea, Mathieu Raynal.

Furthermore Shaun Veldsman has been selected as one of the four television match officials for the six-week tournament, with George Ayoub, Graham Hughes and Ben Skeen completing the list.

"I want to congratulate all 12 referees, the seven ARs and four TMOs, who through very hard work and determination, have made it onto the panel for this year’s RWC," John Jeffrey, chairperson of the selection panel said in a statement on World Rugby's website.

"Since [Rugby World Cup 2011], we have been focused on developing a strong panel that can preside over the 48 matches at this year’s tournament.

"The fact that seven of the referee panel were involved in the 2011 tournament points to the big-match experience that they hold.

"Indeed, between the 12 of them, they have refereed no fewer than 361 internationals.

"The five referees who were not at RWC 2011 have done very well to progress through their own pathways, in SANZAR, in Europe and from the World Rugby U20 Championship, to make it to the biggest stage of all.

"The focus for all these match officials at this point is on consistency and performing at the highest level."

The individual match appointments will be announced in due course.

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