Match Officials Announced For This Weekend’s Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals


World Rugby has announced the match officials for the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2019 following a full review of performances over the 37 pool matches.

Jérôme Garcès (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Jaco Peyper (South Africa) and Wayne Barnes (England) will take charge of the four matches in Tokyo and Oita over the weekend of 19-20 October.

Garcès will take charge of his second Rugby World Cup quarter-final as England face Australia in Oita on Saturday and Owens will take charge of world champions New Zealand versus Ireland at Tokyo Stadium on the same day.

Sunday’s matches will see Peyper take charge of his 50th test (and his first quarter-final) with Wales versus France in Oita, while Barnes will round-off the weekend’s action by refereeing hosts Japan against South Africa at Tokyo Stadium.

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.”

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