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The match officials for the 2016 Rugby Championship have been appointed and South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will be in charge of the opening match between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney on 20 August.

Thirty-six-year-old Peyper has been in charge of 31 test matches is one of three referees to have received two appointments in this year’s championship with the others being Jérôme Garcès of France and England’s Wayne Barnes.

A fourth referee, Nigel Owens of Wales, will referee one game in the championship and another match between Australian and New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup.

Two referees – Angus Gardner of Australia and Mathieu Raynal of France – will take charge of their first Rugby Championship matches.

Following his first meeting as World Rugby Match Official Selection Committee Chairman, Anthony Buchanan said: “With less than a year gone since Rugby World Cup, now is the time to develop fresh talent as we start to build towards RWC 2019 in Japan. ”

“Angus performed well in his debut Six Nations match this year and also in June when he refereed South Africa v Ireland in Johannesburg so his appointment to a Rugby Championship game is on merit and very pleasing for us.

“Likewise, Mathieu did well in the first South Africa v Ireland test in Cape Town so he also deserves his chance. ”

“At the moment, we need to be providing the best referees for the best games while also ensuring that when Rugby World Cup 2019 comes around we will have an established group of top-class, in-form officials with the necessary experience to perform at the highest level under pressure. Our focus continues to be clear and consistent decision-making and the highest standards of physical conditioning.”

The selection system allows for movement in and out of the panel based on form and rewards the top performers and young referees who have graduated through the performance pathway. Every performance is closely scrutinised and reviewed to ensure accountability. In addition, there is regular consultation with coaches with their feedback helping to inform selection decisions.

Rugby Championship Match Officials

Match No.1:Australia v New Zealand
Date : 20 Aug 2016
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 20.05
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Match No.2:South Africa v Argentina
Date : 20 Aug 2016
Venue : Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick Off local: 17.00
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1:Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe (New Zelaand)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)

Match No.3:New Zealand v Australia
Date : 27 Aug 2016
Venue :Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Match No.4:Argentina v South Africa
Date : 27 Aug 2016
Venue : Estadio Martearena, Salta
Kick Off local: 16.40
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe (New Zelaand)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)

Match No.5:New Zealand v Argentina
Date : 10 Sep 2016
Venue : FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)

Match No.6:Australia v South Africa
Date : 10 Sep 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 20.05
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 2:Pascal Gauzere (France)
TMO : Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Match No.7:New Zealand v South Africa
Date : 17 Sep 2016
Venue : AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 1:Pascal Gauzere (France)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)

Match No.8:Australia v Argentina
Date : 17 Sep 2016
Venue : Nib Stadium , Perth
Kick Off local: 20.05
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 1:Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO : Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Match No.9:South Africa v Australia
Date : 1 Oct 2016
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17.00
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 1:Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Ref 2:George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO : Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Match No.10:Argentina v New Zealand
Date : 1 Oct 2016
Venue : Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 19.10
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO : Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Match No.11:South Africa v New Zealand
Date : 8 Oct 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 17.00
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Ref 2:George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO : Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Match No.12:Argentina v Australia
Date : 8 Oct 2016
Venue : Twickenham, London
Kick Off local: 19.30
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Ref 1:JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Ref 2:Matthew Carley (England)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (England)

Bledisloe Cup Match

Match :New Zealand v Australia
Date : 22 Oct 2016
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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1 Comment

  1. Ronnie

    6th July 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Looks like a good bunch of referees. Experienced and talented. Hopefully the games will be decided by the players more than the referees.

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