Barnes to set new record at Boks Test
NEWS: The officials for the Springboks’ four Tests in November have been confirmed.
Nika Amashukeli from Georgia will be the man in the middle against Ireland in Dublin on November 5.
Wayne Barnes of England will officiate the Test against France in Marseille on November 12.
Mike Adamson of Scotland will be in control in Genoa when Boks take on Italy on November 19 and Angus Gardner of Australia will referee the Test in London against England on November 26.
The Test in Marseilles will mark a special occasion for Barnes.
He is back on the international circuit after getting a break during the Rugby Championship, as it will be his 101st as a referee, a new record for match officials.
Karl Dickson of England will referee the SA ‘A’ midweek match against Munster in Cork on November 10, and a week later, on November 17, Adam Jones of Wales will carry the whistle in the clash against the Bristol Bears in Bristol
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Jaco Peyper has been appointed as referee for two Tests in the traditional November international window after he was given a break during the recently-concluded Rugby Championship.
World Rugby also announced on Monday the names of the match officials for the Springboks’ six matches on their tour of Europe, which includes four Tests and two-midweek games for the SA ‘A’ team.
Peyper will be the man in the middle when France host Australia in Paris on 5 November, and again a week later when Ireland face Fiji in Dublin on 12 November, which will be his 61st Test as referee.
AJ Jacobs has been given assistant referee duties in four Tests over two weekends in Dubai, when Hong Kong, Kenya, USA and Portugal square off in the Final Qualification Tournament for Rugby World Cup 2023 over three match-days consisting of six clashes in total.
Marius Jonker and Marius van der Westhuizen have been appointed as Television Match Officials in five Tests next month.