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Referee appointments for the Rugby Championship


Craig Joubert is in charge of the first Rugby Championship match in 2013

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Article Published: Monday 8 July 2013


2011 Rugby World Cup final match referee Craig Joubert will referee the first Test under the scrum engagement trial sequence when he takes charge of the Rugby Championship match between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney on 17 August.

The International Rugby Board have announced the names of the 12 referees for the Rugby Championship.

These appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee following a detailed review of recent performances during the June Tests.

Apart from Joubert, the other South African on the panel is Jaco Peyper. They will be joined by Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Steve Walsh (Australia), Alain Rolland and George Clancy (Ireland), Jerome Garces and Romain Poite (France), Nigel Owens (Wales) and Wayne Barnes (England).

The Springboks' six Tests will be refereed by Pollock (Argentina in Soweto, 17 August), Walsh (Argentina in Mendoza, 24 August), Rolland (Australia in Brisbane, 7 September), Poite (New Zealand in Auckland, 14 September), Garces (Australia in Cape Town, 28 September) and Owens (New Zealand in Johannesburg, 5 October).

Peyper was awared two Rugby Championship Tests - New Zealand v Australia in Wellington and Argentina v New Zealand in Buenos Aires. Joubert's second appointment is the Bledisloe Cup Test between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin on 19 October.

Lourens van der Merwe and Stuart Berry (assistant referees), as well as Deon van Blommestein and Shaun Veldsman (TMOs) will also be involved.

The new scrum engagement sequence of "crouch, bind, set" will be trialled during The Rugby Championship. This is aimed at enhancing player welfare and boosting scrum stability following a request from SANZAR. Referees will also be instructed to ensure that the scrum is static before the ball is put into the scrum and that the ball goes in straight.

IRB Match Official Selection Committee Chairman John Jeffrey said: "The match official selections have been made after careful consideration of performances during a busy June window and we continue to apply the best-for-best principle, while also keeping one eye on the future to ensure the best-possible panel for Rugby World Cup 2015.

"The selection for The Rugby Championship will also see our officials operate the new scrum engagement sequence trial which will also feature strict application of a stable platform before the ball enters the tunnel and a clear commitment to ensuring a straight feed. We are working in collaboration with the match officials and all our Unions to ensure that everyone is well prepared for the transition.

"As part of the selection system we continue to consult with coaches and teams and I would like to thank the Unions for their feedback, dedication and full support of the process."

Apart from Jeffrey, the IRB Match Official Selection Committee comprises former elite referees Lyndon Bray (SANZAR), Tappe Henning (SANZAR), Donal Courtney (European Rugby Cup), Clayton Thomas (Six Nations) and IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joel Jutge.

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

ROUND 1

Match No.1 : Australia v New Zealand
Date : 17 Aug 2013
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Referee: CRAIG JOUBERT
Assistant Ref 1:JACO PEYPER
Assistant Ref 2:LOURENS VAN DER MERWE
TMO : SHAUN VELDSMAN

Match No.2 : South Africa v Argentina
Date : 17 Aug 2013
Venue : FMB Stadium, Soweto, South Africa
Referee: CHRIS POLLOCK
Assistant Ref 1:PASCAL GAUZERE
Assistant Ref 2:JOHN LACEY
TMO : ERIC GAUZINS

ROUND 2

Match No.3: New Zealand v Australia
Date : 24 Aug 2013
Venue : Westpack Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Referee: JACO PEYPER
Assistant Ref 1:CRAIG JOUBERT
Assistant Ref 2:LOURENS VAN DER MERWE
TMO : SHAUN VELDSMAN

Match No.4 : Argentina v South Africa
Date : 24 Aug 2013
Venue : Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina
Referee: STEVE WALSH
Assistant Ref 1:JOHN LACEY
Assistant Ref 2:PASCAL GAUZERE
TMO : VINNY MUNRO

ROUND 3

Match No.5 : Australia v South Africa
Date : 7 Sept 2013
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Referee: ALAIN ROLLAND
Assistant Ref 1:GEORGE CLANCY
Assistant Ref 2:GLEN JACKSON
TMO : BEN SKEEN

Match No.6: New Zealand v Argentina
Date : 7 Sept 2013
Venue : Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Referee: JEROME GARCES
Assistant Ref 1:ROMAIN POITE
Assistant Ref 2:JAMES LECKIE
TMO : MATT GODDARD

ROUND 4

Match No.7: Australia v Argentina
Date :14 Sep 2013
Venue : Subiaco Oval, Perth, Australia
Referee: GEORGE CLANCY
Assistant Ref 1:ALAIN ROLLAND
Assistant Ref 2:GLEN JACKSON
TMO : VINNY MUNRO

Match No.8 : New Zealand v South Africa
Date : 14 Sep 2013
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: ROMAIN POITE
Assistant Ref 1:JEROME GARCES
Assistant Ref 2:FRANCISCO PASTRANA
TMO : GEORGE AYOUB

ROUND 5

Match No.9 : South Africa v Australia
Date : 28 Sept 2013
Venue : Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Referee: JEROME GARCES
Assistant Ref 1:NIGEL OWENS
Assistant Ref 2:PASCAL GAUZERE
TMO : GRAHAM HUGHES

Match No.10 : Argentina v New Zealand
Date :28 Sept 2013
Venue : Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Referee: JACO PEYPER
Assistant Ref 1:WAYNE BARNES
Assistant Ref 2:LEIGHTON HODGES
TMO : DEON VAN BLOMMESTEIN

ROUND 6

Match No.11 : South Africa v New Zealand
Date : 5 Oct 2013
Venue : Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Referee: NIGEL OWENS
Assistant Ref 1:JOHN LACEY
Assistant Ref 2:LEIGHTON HODGES
TMO : GRAHAM HUGHES

Match No. 12: Argentina v Australia
Date : 5 Oct 2013
Venue : Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina
Referee: WAYNE BARNES
Assistant Ref 1:JACO PEYPER
Assistant Ref 2:GREG GARNER
TMO : BEN SKEEN

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 6 6 0 0 202 115 87 3 28
2. South Africa 6 4 2 0 203 117 86 2 19
3. Australia 6 2 4 0 133 170 -37 1 9
4. Argentina 6 0 6 0 88 224 -136 2 2
                     
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