The referees have been named for Ireland’s pool stage games of the upcoming World Cup, with England’s Wayne Barnes taking charge of their opener against Scotland.
Reffing in his fourth World Cup, Barnes will be in the middle when Ireland kick-off their World Cup campaign against Scotland on September 22nd as they look to impress on the world stage.
The English ref will be joined by French assistants Pascal Gauzere and Alexandre Ruiz, with compatriot Graham Hughes in the TMO booth for the game in Yokohama.
Barnes has been a bone of contention for many Irish fans given their poor record in Test matches when he officiates – 10 losses in 16 games.
Ireland’s second game, against hosts Japan, will see Australian Angus Gardener take charge with Jerome Garces and Matthew Carley assistants and New Zealand’s Ben Skeen as the TMO.
Garces moves from assistant to referee for Ireland’s third game against Russia with Skeen continuing as the TMO while the Frenchman is flagged by Brendon Pickerill and fellow countryman Mathieu Raynal.
Ireland’s #RWC2019 pool referees now out…
v Scotland: Wayne Barnes
v Japan: Angus Gardner
v Russia: Jerome Garces
v Samoa: Nic Berry pic.twitter.com/2BR4fMOudx
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) July 19, 2019
Joe Schmidt’s side conclude their pool A games with a clash against Samoa on October 12th with Australian Nic Berry refereeing, Pickerill and Romain Poite as assistants and England’s Rowan Kitt in the TMO booth.