Rugby

SA refs get All Blacks reward

2013-10-09 09:31
Craig Joubert (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South African referees will be in charge of three of the world champion All Blacks' year-end Tests.

The IRB on Tuesday announced its match official appointments for the November internationals.

According to the IRB website, South Africa's Stuart Berry will take charge of New Zealand's clash against Japan in Tokyo on November 2, with Jaco Peyper officiating their Test against France in Paris the following week, while Craig Joubert will be at the helm against England at Twickenham on November 16.

Welshman Nigel Owens, who had a stellar game when the Kiwis beat the Boks 38-27 in Johannesburg at the weekend, will be the referee when the All Blacks face Ireland in Dublin on November 24.

Meanwhile, the referees for South Africa's three Tests were also named.

Ireland's Alain Rolland, who is set to retire, will handle the Springboks' Test against Wales in Cardiff (November 9), while Frenchman Jérôme Garcès will be at the helm when they tackle Scotland in Edinburgh on November 17. Garcès was also the referee when the Boks beat the Wallabies 28-8 in Cape Town two weeks ago.

England's Wayne Barnes will be the referee when the Boks conclude their year-end tour against France in Paris on November 23.


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