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Top referees to officiate repechage
By Eric Njiru | Thu 11 Oct, 2018 09:50

World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for a bumper programme of 45 men’s international matches during the November period.

Selections have been made for the tier one hosted tests that will feature the revised Television Match Official trial, the all-important Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage in Marseille that will confirm the 20th and final team, and key World Rugby-supported fixtures within an unprecedented programme of November fixtures.

Experienced referees Wayne Barnes (RFU), Pascal Gauzere (FFR), Jaco Peyper (SARU), Angus Gardner (Rugby Australia), Romain Poite (FFR) and Luke Pearce (RFU) will take charge of the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage matches in Marseille.

Barnes will officiate Kenya vs Canada in the first round of the repechage with the English also set to oversee Ireland vs New Zealand and assume the role of AR 1 in the match between Wales and South Africa later in November. 

The match between Hong Kong and Kenya on November 17 will be officiated by South African Jaco Peyper who will also be in-charge of Australia vs England in Twickenham on Nov 24th. 

Australian Angus Gardner will oversee Kenya's last match in the repechage, a round robin tournament, against Germany on November 23rd. 

The repechage tournament represents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup. 

Match officials allocation
Repechage - Nov 11, in France.
Canada vs Kenya 6.30pm
Ref- Wayne Barnes(England)
George Clancy(Ireland) AR 1
Sara Cox(England) AR 2
Olly Hodges(Ireland)- TMO

Hong Kong vs Germany 4pm
Ref- Pascal Gauzere(France)
George Glancy(Ireland) AR 1
Sara Cox(England) AR 2
Olly Hodhes(Ireland) -TMO


Nov 17, 2018 in France
Hong Kong vs Kenya 4pm
Ref- Jaco Peyper(South Africa)|
George Clancy- AR1
Thomas Charabas(France) AR 2
Graham Hughes(England) -TMO

Canada vs Germany 6.30pm
Ref- Luke Pearce- England
JP Doyle(England) -AR 1
Sean Gallagher(Ireland) AR 2
Graham Hughes -TMO


November 23. 2018
Kenya vs Germany 8pm
Ref- Angus Gardner(Australia)
Goerge Clancy(Ireland) AR 1
Sara Cox(England) AR 2
David Grashoff(Ireland) TMO

Hong Kong vs Canada 10.30pm
Ref- Romain Poite(France)
JP Doyle(England) AR 1
Joy Neville(Ireland) AR 2
David Grashoff(England) TMO

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