The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for a large number of upcoming Tests and other matches that will take place in June and early July.
Appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee at its meeting in Dublin and follow a detailed review of recent performances during the recently concluded RBS 6 Nations championship, European Nations Cup Division 1A and other matches.
The window kicks off when Ireland’s John Lacey takes charge of Japan v Samoa at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on May 30 and will finish when Argentina’s Francisco Pastrana blows his final whistle at the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier between Madagascar and Namibia in Antananarivo on July 6.
In the meantime, there will have been a large number of high-quality internationals and also the latest staging of the popular IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.
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IRB Match Official Selection Committee Chairman John Jeffrey said: “As always, referees are accountable for the quality of their games and these appointments have been made following careful consideration to recent performances at elite level, including the Six Nations and other international matches.
“We continue to consult with coaches and teams in making our selection decisions. I’d like to thank the Unions for their commitment and full support to this official channel of feedback.
“The matches and tournaments around June allow us to test the very best match officials at the highest level. But with tournaments such at the JWC, Nations Cup, Tbilisi Cup, Pacific Nations Cup and RWC 2015 qualifiers, it also gives us the opportunity to see how the up-and-coming referees are faring.
“We are building our squad towards next year’s Rugby World Cup in England and every big game is an opportunity for established referees to cement their place and also for emerging match officials to stake their claim.”
As such, the selection system allows for movement in and out of the panel based on form and rewards the top performers and young referees who have graduated through the performance pathway ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.
Appointments for other upcoming matches, including those for the Pacific Nations Cup and Tbilisi Cup will be announced in due course.
The IRB Match Official Selection Committee, chaired by John Jeffrey, comprises former elite referees Lyndon Bray (SANZAR), Andrew Cole (SANZAR), Donal Courtney (European Rugby Cup), Clayton Thomas (Six Nations) and IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joël Jutge.
The committee meets four times a year and makes selections for the next international window with all performances reviewed in advance of selection.
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