JWC 2009: Match official appointments

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 10 June 2009
 JWC 2009: Match official appointments
After the third round of pool matches only four teams will still have a chance to win the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship

With teams vying for semi final spots and others hoping to guarantee themselves a top 12 finish and a place in next year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, the match officials have been appointed for the all-important third round of pool matches.

The eight matches at the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship 2009 will take place across four venues in Japan - Nagoya, Osaka, Saga and Tokyo with four kicking off at 13:00 local time and the others at 15:00 on Saturday.

Keith Brown from New Zealand will be the man in charge of the Pool D decider between Australia and Wales at the Best Amenity Stadium in Saga. The winner of the match will progress to the semi finals and Wales will be hoping to do so for the second successive year. Brown will be assisted by Andrew Small from England and Japan’s Akihisa Aso.

The other match in Pool D, which will guarantee the winner a spot in next year’s Championship in Argentina, sees Canada face Tonga at 13:00. Javier Mancuso of Argentina has been appointed the referee with Aso and Small the assistant referees again.

The Pool C decider between France and last year’s third placed team South Africa will be officiated by James Jones of Wales.

First semi finalists

The earlier kick off between Fiji and Italy has Jerome Garces of France in charge. Peter Allan of Scotland and Japan's Tetsuhiko Kawano will be the assistant referees for both matches at the Kintetsu Hanazono Stadium in Osaka.

The first side to confirm their place in the semi finals will be the winner of the England and Samoa match at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo as this kicks off at 13:00, earlier than the 15:00 start for the other pool deciders.

The man in the middle for this Pool B match will Pascale Gauzere of France. Hosts Japan meet Scotland in the later kick off in Tokyo when Ian Smith of Australia will be in charge. The assistant referees for both matches will be New Zealand's Chris Pollock and James Bolabiu of Fiji.

The matches at the Mizuho Rugby Ground in Nagoya will see Carlo Damasco take charge for the 13:00 kick off between Ireland and Uruguay, before Australian James Leckie referees the Pool A decider between Argentina and defending champions New Zealand. Taizo Hirabayashi and Taku Aso from Japan are the assistant referees for both matches.

** Watch the climax of Pool C in Osaka live and on-demand for free on Saturday 13 June. First up will be Italy's encounter with Fiji at 13:00 local time, followed by South Africa's battle with France at 19:00 to determine who will travel to Tokyo to contest the semi finals. **
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 ** You can also watch on-demand the Pool B matches (England v Japan and Samoa v Scotland) on 5 June, the Pool A matches (Uruguay v Argentina and Ireland v New Zealand) on 9 June, along with highlights of both matchdays. **
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