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Match Officials Confirmed For November

Match Officials Confirmed For November

The IRB have confirmed the referees and match officials for Ireland’s GUINNESS Series matches against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand in November.

Ireland’s first game under new coach Joe Schmidt against Samoa will be refereed by Steve Walsh (Australia) with Wayne Barnes and Luke Pearce as assistant referees.

New Zealand’s Chris Pollock takes charge of the second fixture in the GUINNESS Series against Australia, while the final match against New Zealand will be refereed by Wales’ Nigel Owens.

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Four Irish referees will also be action during the international window in November. George Clancy will take charge of England v Australia and Dudley Phillips will referee Romania v Fiji.

Alain Rolland, who recently announced that he will retire at the end of the season, will be at the Millennium Stadium for Wales v South Africa, while John Lacey will be in Cardiff a week later for Wales v Argentina.

The full list of match official appointments for the November Tests can be viewed here.

Tickets for Ireland’s games are available on Ticketmaster.ie.

Chairman of the Selection Committee and IRB Council member for Scotland, John Jeffrey, said: “As always, we have made these selections based on performance and form.

“Every match is scrutinised by a performance reviewer and, importantly, by the referee himself. Selections are made by taking a close look at a number of key performances.

“An expanded November programme offers the selectors the opportunity to deliver more appointments for the high performance match official group.

“In considering the appointments, the committee took the view that the selection criteria should be based on a strategy of selecting the current high level performers underpinned by a growth philosophy towards having the best match official team available for selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”