France's Pascal Gauzere has been handed the whistle for the
IRB Junior World Championship 2010 final between two-time defending
champions New Zealand and Australia at the Estadio El Coloso del
Parque in Rosario on Monday.
Gauzere, who is refereeing in his third IRB Age Grade tournament, follows in the footsteps of Ireland's Peter Fitzgibbon and James Jones of Wales in refereeing the Junior World Championship finals.
"I'm very happy to referee the final," admitted Gauzere. "It's a good opportunity for me to referee at the best level of this tournament. I think the level of all the teams here has been very good and I'm very excited and happy to have been given this honour.
"I think the final will be a tough game, a very fast game with how both sides like to play and New Zealand or Australia have a good chance to win the final. They are on a similar level and will create opportunities to score and so be crowned champions."
The 33-year-old has seen his friend and compatriot Jerome Garces - along with Chris Pollock, Keith Brown and Andrew Small - graduate from the 2009 tournament to the IRB International Referee Panel and believes his JWC experiences will help him to follow suit.
"I think for a referee if you want to go to the International Panel it is necessary to come and referee in this tournament. I will take my experiences away from this tournament and I hope to make it to the International Panel next year or in the future.
"Jerome and the others are my inspiration because if they can go from the Junior World Championship to the International Panel then why not me as well? I think I have an opportunity to go to the Panel if I keep working hard."
IRB Referee Manager Paddy O'Brien has been impressed by Gauzere in the tournament.
"This is Pascal's third Age Grade tournament and after each one he has been asked to work on some areas of his game," explained O'Brien. "He has arrived here in Rosario having taken those on board and has impressed the selectors with his accuracy and demeanour on the field. He thoroughly deserves his opportunity to referee this final and is seen by the IRB Selectors as a referee with immense potential."
The final kicks off at 19:10 local time on Monday (08:10
Australian time and 10:10 New Zealand time on Tuesday) at the
Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario, when Gauzere will have
Federico Anselmi of Argentina and Uruguay's Luis Caviglia as
assistant referees and Santiago Bonsani as TMO.
Five other play-offs take place on Monday, including the battle for third place between two-time runners up England and South Africa which kicks off at 16:45 local time wiith Argentina's Francisco Pastrana as the referee with Anselmi and Caviglia assisting.
The fifth place play-off between hosts Argentina and France at
the Estadio CA Colon in Santa Fe will be refereed by Peter Allan of
Scotland, while South Africa's Jaco Peyper takes charge of the
Wales and Fiji encounter for seventh place overall. Nathan Pearce
of Australia and Uruguay's Joaquin Montes will run the line for
both matches in Santa Fe.
New Zealand's Garratt Williamson will referee the ninth place play-off between Ireland and Scotland at the Club Atlético Estudiantes in Paraná, before John Lacey of Ireland takes charge of the 11th place play-off between Samoa and Tonga. Argentine duo Emilio Traverso and Martin Rodriguez will act as assistant referees for both matches.