Courtney, Lewis and Rolland have been named on the A panel ofreferees withSimon McDowell being named on the C panel. The C panel is made up ofpromising young referees who will be given the opportunity toofficiate astouch judges and television match officials (TMO's) at fullinternationalmatches.
McDowell has been selected as a touch judge for the Barbariansfixturesagainst Wales (May 26th) and England (May 30th) and the South AfricaV Walesinternational (June 26th).
Donal Courtney has been chosen to referee the Argentina V Wales gameinTucuman (June 12th) with Alan Lewis to assist him as one of his touchjudges. The pair will then swap roles for the return game a week
Alain Rolland will take charge of the opening game of the 2004 TriNationsin Wellington when New Zealand take on World Cup finalists Australia(July17th) and is also named as a touch judge for the New Zealand V SouthAfricagame in Christchurch (July 24th).
*N.B. The match officials for Ireland's two match test series againstSouthAfrica are as follows:First Test (Bloemfontein, June 12th):Referee - Tony Spreadbury (England)Touch Judges - Joel Jutge (France), Giulio De Santis (Italy)
Second Test (Cape Town, June 19th):Referee - Joel Jutge (France)Touch Judges - Tony Spreadbury (England), Nigel Owens (Wales).