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2010 Six Nations referees named


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Article Published: Monday 25 January 2010


The Six Nations match referees have been named and a third of the matches will be controlled by South African officials.

South Africa's top four referees will handle five of the 15 Six Nations matches in the competition that kicks off on February 6 when defending champions Ireland host Italy at Croke Park.
 
In Round Two Ireland travel to France where Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle.
 
South African Mark Lawrence will handle England v Ireland at Twickenham on the third weekend and Marius Jonker will be at Murrayfield the following week for England's match against Scotland.

Jonathan Kaplan will handle two matches: Wales versus France (Millennium Stadium) in the third round and Ireland v Scotland (Croke Park) on the final day.

New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence, who handles the match between France and England on the final day, is the only other appointment from the Southern Hemisphere.

The referee appointments for the Six Nations are:

Round One, Saturday February 6:

Ireland v Italy (Croke Park)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Christophe Berdos (France) and Jerome Garces (France)

England v Wales (Twickenham)
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland) and Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Sunday, February 7

Scotland v France (Murrayfield)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Chris White (England) and Tim Hayes (Wales)

Round Two, Saturday February 13

Wales v Scotland (Millennium Stadium)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

France v Ireland (Stade de France)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales) and Stuart Terheege (England)

Sunday, February 14

Italy v England (Stadio Flaminio)
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France) and Pascal Gauzere (France)

Round Three, Friday February 26

Wales v France (Millennium Stadium)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Alan Lewis (Ireland) and Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Saturday, February 27

Italy v Scotland (Stadio Flaminio)
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant referees: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland) and Tim Hayes (Wales)

England v Ireland (Twickenham)
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Christophe Berdos (France) and David Changleng (Scotland)

Round Four, Saturday March 13

Ireland v Wales (Croke Park)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Dave Pearson (England) and Peter Allan (Scotland)

Scotland v England (Murrayfield)
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland) and Carlo Damasco (Italy)

Sunday, March 14

France v Italy (Stade de Franc)
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand) and David Changleng (Scotland)

Round Five, Saturday March 20

Wales v Italy (Millennium Stadium)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa) and Stuart Terheege (England)

Ireland v Scotland (Croke Park)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert(South Africa) and Jerome Garces (France)

France v England (Stade de France)
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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