Match officials confirmed this weekend, including England vs All Blacks referee - Ruck

Match officials confirmed this weekend, including England vs All Blacks referee

Match officials have been confirmed for this weekend’s rugby international’s, including England vs All Blacks referee in Dunedin.

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England head coach Steve Borthwick is very excited for England’s series against the All Blacks to kick off.

It doesn’t get more challenging than playing New Zealand at home, but it’s exactly where we want to be,” said Borthwick.  

“We want to find out more about ourselves and test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world.

“Test rugby is a game of fine margins, so our mindset is going to be very important on Saturday. We’ll need to be mentally strong, play a tactically smart game and ensure we maintain our discipline.

“The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is a great venue with a quick surface, and the closed roof should make the atmosphere very special.”

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Full list of match officials, including England vs All Blacks referee:

Samoa v Italy
Apia Park, Apia
Friday, 5 July, 2024
Referee: Paul Williams (NZR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dan Waenga (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Rokovereni (FRU)
TMO: Richard Kelly (NZR)
Georgia v Fiji
Adjarabet Arena, Batumi
Friday, 5 July, 2024
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Pearce (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)
USA v Romania
SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago, IL
Friday, 5 July, 2024
Referee: Angus Mabey (NZR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcus Playle (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: Robin Kaluzniak (RC)
Australia v Wales
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: James Doleman (NZR)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)
England vs All Blacks referee
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way (RA)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)
South Africa v Ireland
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Angus Gardner (RA)
Assistant Referee 1: Karl Dickson (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Adamson (SRU)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
Argentina v France
Malvinas Argentinas Stadium, Mendoza
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Eoghan Cross (IRFU)
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
Japan XV v Maori All Blacks
Toyota Stadium, Aichi
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Damian Schneider (UAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Piardi (FIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luc Ramos (FFR)
TMO: Oli Kellett (RA)
Canada v Scotland
TD Place Stadium, Ottawa
Saturday, 6 July, 2024
Referee: Adam Leal (RFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Way (RA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kahlil Harrison (USAR)
TMO: Austin Reed (USAR)


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

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Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”