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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

Nigel Owens and Jérôme Garcès in Charge of Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals

World Rugby has confirmed the match officials for the Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-finals at International Stadium Yokohama this weekend.

Nigel Owens (Wales) will take charge of England vs New Zealand on Saturday (17:00 JST) with Romain Poite and Pascal Gaüzère (both France) as assistant referees and Marius Jonker (South Africa) as TMO.

Communications gear that referees were wearing during the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in 2014. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Jérôme Garcès (France) will referee Wales vs South Africa on Sunday (18:00 JST) with Wayne Barnes (England) and Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) as assistant referees and Ben Skeen (New Zealand) as TMO.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, said, "I would like to congratulate Nigel and Jérôme, the assistant referees and TMOs on their selection for the semi-finals. These are the best of the best, supported by a superb team, and we now look forward to compelling semi-finals at International Stadium Yokohama over the weekend."

The match officials selection committee did not consider Jaco Peyper for selection this weekend. World Rugby says that Peyper has recognised that a picture of him with Wales fans, which appeared on social media after the Wales versus France quarter-final, was inappropriate and has apologised.

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