Bok end-of-year refs named
Dublin - Nigel Owens, who handled the Tri-Nations Test between the Springboks and All Blacks in Soweto earlier this year, has been handed the whistle for the opening Test of the Boks’ November Tour when they face Ireland at the opening of the brand new Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Boks have won three out of the five Tests they have played under Owens, who hails from Wales.
The International Rugby Board has announced the Match Official appointments for the schedule of international matches to be played between October 30 and December 4, 2010.
The appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee at its meeting in Dublin last weekend after a comprehensive review of international referee, assistant referee and television match official performances during the June internationals and recent Tri-Nations.
The IRB International Referee Panel features the return of Steve Walsh (Australia) after a two-year absence. Walsh will referee his first Tier One match since February 2008 when the Boks face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on November 13.
The Boks’ three other games on the tour will be handled by experienced Australian Stuart Dickinson (on November 20 against Scotland in Edinburgh), Ireland’s George Clancy (on November 27 against England at Twickenham) and Pascal Gauzere from France (against the Barbarians at Twickenham on December 4).
“It is good to see Steve Walsh return to the International Referee Panel, while we are delighted to welcome Francisco Pastrana to the Assistant Referee Panel, having performed so well at the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina this year,” said IRB Referee Manager Paddy O’Brien.