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Wayne Barnes take whistle for Japan v Springboks QF

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 11, Referee Wayne Barnes RFU during the 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South African and Wales at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand Photo by Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets

World rugby has announced their match officials for this weekend Quarter Final matches.

Jérôme Garcès (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Jaco Peyper (South Africa) and Wayne Barnes (England) will take the whistles iwhat is expected as the most exciting Quarter Finals in history.

They have been chosen after reviewing all 37 pool matches and these four stood out in their performances according to World Rugby.

Garcès will take the England v Australia match with Nigel Owens in charge of the New Zealand v Ireland match.

South Africa top referee Jaco Peyper will take the Wales against France match and the Springboks and Japan got Warne Barnes.

The four referees have 285 test appearances between them as referees.

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While match official performance will undoubtedly be in the spotlight at a time when World Rugby and the global rugby community continues to encourage behaviour change for high-risk tackles, clear, consistent and accurate decision-making characterised the pool phase performances.

 World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Every team takes time to settle at a major event and I am delighted with how this group of exceptional match officials have responded across the pool stage.

“They are the best of the best and have played their full part in what will be remembered as an incredible pool stage.

“I would like to congratulate Jérôme, Nigel, Jaco and Wayne, the assistant referees and TMOs and we now look forward to four compelling matches on the road to determining who will lift the Webb Ellis Cup on 2 November.”

Source: World Rugby


  1. Oh fk it’s barnesey – he’s def got a soft spot for the underdog – still better than those French refs.

    As long as the boks don’t have a French ref involved they got a shot at this thing.

  2. @cab: People can say what they want but Owens and Barnes are the two best referees in the world. If David was still around he will have something else to say, but it seems he is no longer a rugby supporter

  3. lol – yeah dawie hates the refs. I don’t mind either of them. The French refs are the pits tho – they are diabolically bad.

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