• Summer appointments for Internationals Announced

    Well there are a lot of surprises in the Summer appointments this year, and I'm not sure how much can be read into them.

    After Walsh's high profile game in Cardiff he has been given only one appointment of the British Lions v The Barbarians in Hong Kong. I believe he is being rested for The rugby Championship as he can only referee the Argentina & South Africa games (So it would be daft to send him there twice).

    There are tests for the RFU's JP Doyle, Argentina's Pastrana who made his debut as a Super Rugby Official last season, and has been named on the SANZAR Panel this year, the ARU's Angus Gardner and NZRU's Garret Williamson.

    But who got the Lions tests? Well Joubert was a given, but who between Poite, Pollock & Peyper would get the other two? Well experience has been chosen with Pollock & Poite being given the tests.

    The club tour will be shared between Glen Jackson, Jaco Peyper & Jarome Garces, with the Newcastle game being given to the ARU (I expect Angus Gardner to get a run).

    Referee appointments are:

    25 May - Japan v Tonga - PNC - Angus Gardner (ARU)
    25 May - Canada v USA - PNC - Francisco Pastrana (UAR)
    26 May - England v Barbarians - Leighton Hodges (WRU)
    1 June - Fiji v Japan - PNC - Garrat Williamson (NZRU)
    1 June - B&I Lions v Barbarians - Steve Walsh (ARU)
    5 June - Fiji v Canada - PNC - JP Doyle (RFU)
    5 June - B&I Lions v Western Force - Glen Jackson (NZRU)
    8 June - Canada v Tonga - PNC - JP Doyle (RFU)
    8 June - B&I Lions v Queensland Reds - Jaco Peyper (SARU)
    8 June - New Zealand v France - Wayne Barnes (RFU)
    8 June - Japan v Wales - Lourens Van Der Merwe (SARU)
    8 June - Scotland v Samoa - John Lacey (IRFU)
    8 June - South Africa v Italy - Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
    8 June - USA v Ireland - Achi Pastrana (UAR)
    8 June - Argentina v England - Chris Pollock (NZRU)
    11 June - B&I Lions v NSW/QLD Country - TBA (ARU Appt)
    14 June - USA v Tonga - PNC - Francisco Pastrana (UAR)
    15 June - B&I Lions v NSW Waratahs - Jaco Peyper (SARU)
    15 June - New Zealand v France - Alain Rolland (IRFU)
    15 June - Japan v Wales - Greg Garner (RFU)
    15 June - South Africa v Scotland - Romain Poite (FFR)
    15 June - Argentina v England - Nigel Owens (WRU)
    15 June - Samoa v Italy - Craig Joubert (SARU)
    15 June - Canada v Ireland - Leighton Hodges (WFU)
    18 June - B&I Lions v ACT Brumbies - Jerome Garces (FFR)
    19 June - Japan v Canada - PNC - Jonathan White (NZRU)
    19 June - Fiji v USA - PNC - Greg Garner (RFU)
    22 June - B&I Lions v Australia - Chris Pollock (NZRU)
    22 June - New Zealand v France - Nigel Owens (WRU)
    22 June - Argentina v Georgia - George Clancy (IRFU)
    23 June - Japan v USA - PNC - Greg Garner (RFU)
    23 June - Tonga v Fiji - PNC - Jonathan White (NZRU)
    25 June - B&I Lions v Melbourne Rebels - Glen Jackson (NZRU)
    29 June - B&I Lions v Australia - Craig Joubert (SARU)
    6 July - B&I Lions v Australia - Romain Poite (FFR)

    Full IRB Appointments can be found here: http://www.irb.com/mm/document/newsm...inalkbtidy.pdf
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. SimonSmith's Avatar
      SimonSmith -
      Which led to an interesting exchange with Akuma

      Their posting which has now come down altogther celebrated the fact that SW had been given the opener, because he's bad at scrums.
      I then opined that their celebration of Joubert seemed a bit off, given his handling of the scrums.
      They then accused CJ of having an anti-NH bias.
      Which prompted me to tell them that they just lost my Society's business.

      Mysteriously, the whole post has now come down.

      No problem with saying a referee has a problem with a phase of the game. But I'm a bit POed that an organization that this site seems to be trying to foster a positive relationship thinks its OK to make an accusation of bias.
    1. KML1's Avatar
      KML1 -
      I just popped an audio interview with John Jeffrey, the Match Official Selection Committee Chairman on www.rugbyreferee.net - worth 9 minutes of your evening/morning.

      Good to see him focus some effort on the smaller nations referees as well as the big appointments we've all been musing on through the day.
    1. Robert Burns's Avatar
      Robert Burns -
      I'm glad to see they responded positively in the end Simon, I didn't see the post.
    1. SimonSmith's Avatar
      SimonSmith -
      Yeah. Fulsome apologies all round.

      They even cited you Robbie as a character witness
    1. Davet's Avatar
      Davet -
      Fiji - USA could be an interesting game for Greg Garner, but I don't anticipate fireworks at the Japan Wales match.

      Wayne Barnes doing NZ vs France - could be fun :-)
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