World Rugby have confirmed that Jaco Peyper will not referee Saturday’s Test match between England and Ireland at Twickenham.
Peyper was originally pencilled in to be the man in the middle for the 3 pm kick-off on Saturday but due to flight and preparation issues, the 39-year-old South African has been stood down from the Test.
Because of “significant” flight problems, Peyper cannot land in the UK before Friday morning and based on welfare grounds, he has been replaced.
Instead, Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of the Test between the third and fifth-placed teams in the world.
Owens was due to be an assistant referee in Saturday’s clash between Scotland and France at Murrayfield but he has been replaced by Andrew Brace.
World Rugby released a brief statement on the matter:
“World Rugby can confirm that Nigel Owens (Wales) will replace Jaco Peyper (South Africa) as referee for Saturday’s test match between England and Ireland at Twickenham,” a statement read.
“With referee preparation and welfare paramount, the decision was made after significant flight disruption meant that Peyper would not arrive in the UK before Friday morning.
“As a result, Andrew Brace (Ireland) replaces Owens as assistant referee for Scotland versus France in Edinburgh on Saturday.”
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