Lions and international referee appointments for 16-20 June

Nic Berry referee
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 14: (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images for SUNWOLVES)

In Georgia, Nic Berry (above) of Australia has been appointed to referee Sunday’s final of the World Rugby U20s championship between England and New Zealand.  Congratulations to him.

Turning to the weekend, the International Stadium in Rotorua and Eden Park Auckland see plenty of action this weekend, with five international fixtures across the two locations.  In the Bay of Plenty, South Africa’s Aimee Barrett-Theron sets things off as she referees Australia v Canada women, followed by Amy Perrett of Australia whistling the home nation against England.  Then, Jaco Peyper picks up the Lions mantle as the New Zealand Maori try and make it three losses for the Lions ahead of the first test next weekend.

Auckland is hosting the Tonga v Wales match (overseen by New Zealand’s Nick Briant – pictured) before Mathieu Raynal ends his trip to New Zealand by whistling their final test warm up match against Samoa.

Away from New Zealand, last week’s officials teams rotate around with John Lacey stepping into the middle of the second Argentina v England match, and in Durban, Ben O’Keeffe takes charge of the South Africa v France match.  Wayne Barnes takes charge of his first test match this summer, looking after Australia v Scotland.


Lions tour


Maori All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions (in Rotorua)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SA)
ARs: Jérôme Garcès (Fra), Romain Poite (Fra)
TMO: Ian Smith (Aus)


Chiefs v British & Irish Lions (in Hamilton)
Ref: Jérôme Garcès (Fra)
ARs: Jaco Peyper (SA) & Romain Poite (France)
TMO: Ian Smith (Aus)



New Zealand v Samoa 
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (Fra)
ARs: Rohan Hoffmann (Aus) & Jordan Way (Aus)
TMO: Ian Smith (Aus)

Tonga v Wales (in Auckland)
Referee: Nick Briant (NZ)
ARs: Paul Williams (NZ) & Mike Fraser (NZ)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZ)

Fiji v Italy 
Referee: Paul Williams (NZ)
ARs: Pascal Gauzère (Fra) & Graham Cooper (Aus)

USA v Georgia 
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
ARs: Luke Pearce (Eng) & Chris Assmus (Canada)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Canada v Romania 
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
ARs: Andrew Brace (Ire) & Ben Whitehouse (Wal)

Japan v Ireland 
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (SA)
ARs: JP Doyle (Eng) & Alex Ruiz (Fra)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZ)

Argentina v England
Referee: John Lacey (Ire)
ARs: Nigel Owens (Wal) & Egon Seconds (SA)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (NZ)

South Africa v France 
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZ)
ARs: Glen Jackson (NZ) & Angus Gardner (Aus)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (Eng)

Australia v Scotland 
Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
ARs: Matthew Carley (Eng) & Brendon Pickerill (NZ). 

TMO: Shane McDermott (NZ)



Australia v Canada (in Rotorua)
Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (SA)
ARs: Rebecca Mahoney (NZ) L Jenner (NZ)

New Zealand v England (in Rotorua)
Referee: Amy Perrett (Aus)
ARs: Tim Baker (Hong Kong) & Natarsha Ganley (NZ)
TMO: Lee Jeffrey (NZ)