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Scotland team to play Wales: 2024 Six Nations

Wales v Scotland
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Saturday, 3 February, 2024

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Referee 1: James Doleman (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: Angus Mabey (NZR)
TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)

Commencing his officiating journey at the young age of 19 in 2008, he later ascended to the status of a professional referee for the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2013.

In 2015, he made a notable mark by officiating his first Super Rugby match when the Highlanders clashed with the Crusaders. Prior to this milestone, he had served as an assistant referee and had blown the whistle on matches at the Junior World Championship. A year down the line, he stepped onto the international stage, taking charge of the Samoa versus Georgia match, which concluded in a 19-all draw.

Notably, O’Keeffe achieved a significant feat by being the youngest referee at the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. His debut on this grand stage occurred during the Australia versus Fiji match at the Sapporo Dome, further solidifying his presence and capabilities in the world of rugby officiating.

Manu Tuilagi of England is shown a red card and sent off by Referee, Ben O’Keeffe during the Guinness Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 7 2020. – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

QUIZ: Name Every Head Coach to Win the Men’s Guinness Six Nations (2000 – 2023)

The brains behind the Six Nations masterplans, these head coaches have all won ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’, since the modernised competition began back in 2000. Throughout the history of the competition, there have been only five head coaches to win the competition on more than one occasion.

However, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell is looking to become the sixth, as he orchestrates the men from the Emerald Isle into defending their Six Nations Grand Slam. In total, the Six Nations has been won by 13 different head coaches, and we challenge you to name them all in the next six minutes!

Your time starts… now! Good luck!