RWC Qualifier, Top 14, Anglo-Welsh Cup & RFU Championship referee appointments

World Rugby Sevens referee Sakurako Kawasaki makes a call during the Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7's at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

In the calm before 6 Nations storm, northern hemisphere referees are keeping their legs moving, often in different places. Over in Canada, Ireland’s Andrew Brace takes on the first leg of the Rugby World Cup qualifier between Canada and Uruguay. Luke Pearce will take the second leg for the reverse leg next week. Most of the French top referees see action this weekend with Jérôme Garcès, Mathieu Raynal and Pascal Gaüzère all in action in the Top 14.

Down under, the World Rugby 7s circuit moves on to Sydney, with many 7s favourites in action across the women’s and the men’s competitions.  It’s good to see referees from developing nations represented too, especially Tevita Rokovereni from Fiji and Sakurako Kawasaki (pictured) from Japan in action over the weekend.


RWC Qualifier

Canada v Uruguay
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
ARs: Kurt Weaver (USA) & Derek Summers (USA)
TMO: Canada appointment

World Sevens series

Women’s – Sydney, 26-27 January 2018

Referees: Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy), Sara Cox (England), Ben Crouse (South Africa), Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Sakurako Kawasaki (Japan), Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand), Joy Neville (Ireland), Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

Men – Sydney, 27-28 January 2018

Referees: James Doleman (New Zealand), Craig Evans (Wales), Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Damon Murphy (Australia), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Matt Rodden (Hong Kong), Tevita Rokovereni (Fiji), Jordan Way (Australia)


France Top 14, Round 16

Toulon v Bordeaux-Bègles
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
ARs: Cyril Lafon & Philippe Milani
TMO: Éric Gonthier

Toulouse v Oyonnax
Referee: Sébastien Minery
ARs: Julien Castaignède & Jérôme Labarbe
TMO: Éric Briquet Campin

La Rochelle v Brive
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
ARs: Pierre Brousset & Frédéric Chazal
TMO: Éric Gauzins

Lyon v Agen
Referee: Adrien Descottes
ARs: Tual Trainini & Jean-Luc Rebollal
TMO: Denis Grenouillet

Castres v Racing 92
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
ARs: Mathieu Noirot & Akim Hadj Bachir
TMO: Maxime Chalon

Stade Français v Pau
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
ARs: Jonathan Dufort & Patrick Pechambert
TMO: Laurent Sclafer

Clermont v Montpellier
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
ARs: Cédric Marchat & Arnaud Blondel
TMO: Patrick Dellac

Anglo-Welsh Cup, Round 3

Gloucester v Ospreys
Referee: Adam Leal (RFU)
ARs: Anthony Woodthorpe & Philip Watters
TMO: Claire Hodnett

Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
Referee: Greg Macdonald (RFU)
ARs: John Meredith & Greg Garner

Saracens v Newport Gwent Dragons
Referee: Simon Harding (RFU)
ARs: Michael Patz & Nigel Carrick

Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs
Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)
ARs: Simon McConnell & Peter Allan

Harlequins v Scarlets
Referee: Elgan Williams (WRU)
ARs: Michael Hudson & Roy Maybank

Bath v Newcastle Falcons
Referee: Mike English (WRU)
ARs: Lionel Spooner & Andrew Jackson
TMO: Geoff Warren

Leicester Tigers v Cardiff Blues
Referee: Jack Makepeace (RFU)
ARs: Craig Maxwell-Keys & Wayne Falla

London Irish v Wasps
Referee: Matthew O’Grady (RFU)
ARs: Robert Warburton & Simon Adams

RFU Championship

Rotherham Titans v Cornish Pirates
Referee: Fergus Kirby
ARs: Nick Marshall & Brian Ravenhill

London Scottish v Ealing Trailfinders
Referee: Matthew Carley
ARs: Darryl Chapman & Paul Dix

Jersey Reds v Richmond
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
ARs: Clare Daniels & Ian Bibey

Bristol v Bedford Blues
Referee: Tom Foley
ARs: Andrew Jackson & Jonathan Healy
TMO: David Rose

Nottingham v Doncaster Knights
Referee: Dean Richards
ARs: William Burton & Chris Sharp

Yorkshire Carnegie v Hartpury College
Referee: Hamish Smales
ARs: Matthew Daubney & Simon Park


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