24 May, 14:08
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
All of the officials have proven themselves at elite club level and are ready to take the next steps in a high intensity tournament format.
Working with IRB Referee Manager Paddy O'Brien and a team of IRB selectors, each of the match officials will have access to a dedicated performance management environment that will promote consistency and raise performance levels.
O'Brien said: "Officiating at a Junior World Championship provides the panel with exposure to a high-level development environment that mixes an intense schedule of matches with a dedicated coaching and performance management platform."
Key focus areas for this year's IRB Junior World Championship panel include zero tolerance on foul play, including high tackles, delivering consistency in the five key refereeing areas including compliance at the scrum and the strict enforcement of the offside laws ensuring that players have the space to attack.
"Over the next two-and-a-half weeks we will work closely with each match official to raise standards and ingrain a level of consistency that will lay the foundations for the progression of their respective careers," continued O'Brien.
"This environment has proven successful in delivering Test referees with New Zealand's Chris Pollock, France's Jérôme Garces and Carlo Damasco of Italy all selected as assistant referees for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
"We certainly hope to see members of this group selected for the 2015 Rugby World in England - that is the target."
The match official appointments for the Junior World Championship's opening round of matches today include referees from six different nations - South Africa, Wales, Ireland, France, England and Scotland.
Jaco Peyper of South Africa has the honour of refereeing the mouth-watering encounter between England and Ireland at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso, with Welshman Leighton Hodges in charge of the match between hosts Italy and defending champions New Zealand at the same venue.
IRFU referee John Lacey will be the man in the middle for the other Pool A match between Argentina and Wales at Stadio Plebiscito in Padova, before Mathieu Raynal of France takes charge of South Africa v Scotland.
The day's final matches at the Stadio Mario Battaglini in Rovigo - the Pool B matches between Australia and Tonga and France v Fiji - will be referred by JP Doyle of England and Scotland's Neil Paterson respectively.
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