Angus Gardner. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
World Rugby has confirmed the match-day officials for the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup in France.
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Defending champions South Africa will get a taste of both northern and southern hemisphere referees, but their two crunch Pool B games against Scotland and Ireland will see two familiar referees in charge.
Australia’s Angus Gardner will referee the Springboks’ first Pool B game against Scotland in Marseille on 10 September, while New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe will referee the eagerly-awaited game against Ireland at the Stade de France on 23 September.
Frenchman Mathieu Raynal will take charge of the Boks’ second pool match against Romania in Bordeaux 17 September, while England’s Luke Pearce will referee their final pool match against Tonga in Marseille on 1 October.
Match officials for South Africa’s Pool B fixtures:
South Africa v Scotland
Stade de Marseille, Marseille
Sunday, 10 September
Referee: Angus Gardner (RA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nika Amash
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