Walsh to ref England v Boks

2014-10-07 14:07
Steve Walsh (File)

Cape Town - The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for upcoming November internationals.

Click for the complete November internationals list of referees

According to the IRB website, appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee at its recent meeting in Dublin and follow a detailed review of recent performances during the June international window, the Rugby Championship and other matches.

The Springboks will play four Tests on their European tour: Ireland in Dublin (November 8), England in London (November 15), Italy in Padova (November 22) and Wales in Cardiff (November 29).

France's Romain Poite will be the man in the middle in the Boks opener in Dublin, while Australia's Steve Walsh will handle duties at Twickenham a week later.

The Boks' Test against Italy in Padova will be officiated by France's Jerome Garces, while their season-ended clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will be handled by Ireland's John Lacey.

South Africa’s Craig Joubert will kick off a busy month of Tests as teams and officials begin the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015, when he takes charge of the New Zealand v USA fixture at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 1.

IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joël Jutge said: “The selection system allows for movement in and out of the match official panel based on form. It rewards the top performers and young referees who have graduated through the performance pathway.”

“As always, referees are accountable for the quality of their overall performances and these appointments have been made following careful consideration of all recent matches. With Rugby World Cup 2015 less than a year away, performances are being assessed and scrutinised with that tournament in mind.”

The IRB Match Official Selection Committee, chaired by John Jeffrey, comprises former elite referees Lyndon Bray (SANZAR), Andrew Cole (SANZAR), Donal Courtney (European Professional Club Rugby), Clayton Thomas (Six Nations) and IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joël Jutge.

The committee meets four times a year and makes selections for the next international window with all performances reviewed in advance of selection.

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