Tri Nations Match Official change

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 3 August 2010
 Tri Nations Match Official change
New Zealand won last weekend's encounter with Australia 49-28 in Melbourne

The International Rugby Board has confirmed a change to the Match Official panel for Saturday's Tri Nations match between New Zealand and Australia.

Cobus Wessels (South Africa) has been replaced by Keith Brown (New Zealand) as Assistant Referee for the top of the table clash in Christchurch.

Wessels, who will now perform the role of Television Match Official, has been stood down as Assistant Referee 2 following a routine review of match official performance in last weekend's Tri Nations match in Melbourne.

The appointment of a replacement Assistant Referee from the Host Union is owing to the logistical and preparation pressures of selecting a neutral official for Saturday's match and will not be a precedent for future appointments.

The change has also been approved by SANZAR.