Referees confirmed for England’s three summer Tests in Australia - Ruck

Referees confirmed for England’s three summer Tests in Australia

The referees for England’s three-Test summer tour of Australia have been confirmed.

A total of 22 match officials representing nine nations will take charge of the 25 matches with Jordan Way (Australia) taking charge of the first with Japan v Uruguay on 18 June and Damon Murphy (Australia) the last with the Asia/Pacific 1 qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2023 on 23 July.

Additional fixtures and match official appointments will be confirmed in due course, while the women’s test match appointments will be announced separately.

Wayne Barnes (England) will move closer to the 100-test milestone as a referee when he takes charge of his 99th test with the third test between New Zealand and Ireland during a packed July international window.

Australia v England: Optus Stadium, Perth – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: James Doleman (NZR)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Craig Evans (WRU)
  • TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)

New Zealand v Ireland: Venue: TBC – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way (RA) 
  • TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)
Referee, Karl Dickson during the Gallagher Premiership Match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on 12 June 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

South Africa v Wales: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Angus Gardner (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Piardi (FIR) 
  • TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)

Argentina v Scotland: Estadio 23 de Agosto, San Salvador de Jujuy – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: Damon Murphy (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
  • TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)

Spain v Italy: Venue: TBC, Spain – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Woodthorpe (RFU) 
  • TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)
Referee, Luke Pearce during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Harlequins and Wasps at The Stoop, Twickenham on 28 Sept. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK/Gallagher.

Japan v France: Toyota Stadium, Toyota – Saturday, 2 July, 2022

  • Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU) 
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Chris Busby (IRFU)
  • TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)