World Rugby has confirmed the match official appointments for this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia and the opening three rounds of The Rugby Championship.
The cross-border competition organisers and World Rugby continue to adapt and action contingencies due to the evolving and challenging global pandemic. Travel for the teams and match officials, along with quarantine requirements have resulted in a combination of neutral and non-neutral appointments for the fixtures.
Paul Williams will referee and lead an all-New Zealand team for this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup match in New Zealand and will be assisted by Mike Fraser and Brendon Pickerill with Glenn Newman on TMO duties.
The opening match of The Rugby Championship between New Zealand and Australia in New Zealand on 14 August will again see the all NZ team in action but with Pickerill referee, Williams and Fraser assistant referees and Newman TMO.
Andrew Brace (Ireland) will take charge of South Africa versus Argentina on the same day in Port Elizabeth, while Karl Dickson (England) will referee the second match-up between the two teams the following week.