Cape Town - The referees for the Springboks’
group games at this year’s Rugby World Cup have been revealed.
The Boks kick off their RWC challenge on September
19 against Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium, with Frenchman Jerome
Garces the man in charge of match proceedings.
England’s Wayne Barnes will referee the
Boks’ second match against Samoa at Villa Park in Birmingham on September 26,
Wales’ Nigel Owens is on duty for their clash against Scotland at St James’
Park in Newcastle on October 3, while another Frenchman - Pascal Gauzere - will
referee SA’s final Pool B match on October 7.
Meanwhile, South Africa's Jaco Peyper will
have the honour of refereeing the opening match of the tournament as hosts England
take on Fiji at Twickenham.
The six-week tournament takes place from
September 18 to October 31 and will be hosted in 10 English cities and in
Peyper, who is 35-years-old and has
refereed 20 internationals to date, will handle the RWC opener on Friday, September
18 in London and he will be joined by assistant referees John Lacey of Ireland
and Stuart Berry also of SA. Another South African, Shaun Veldsman, will act as
Television Match Official (TMO).
Peyper and compatriot Craig Joubert will
both handle four matches during the pool stage. Berry, also, was handed four
fixtures as assistant referee while Veldsman will adjudicate 10 matches as TMO.
Joubert’s first match in charge of the
whistle is the clash between France and Italy on September 19 at Twickenham, a
fixture where his countrymen Berry and Veldsman will also be on duty.