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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Jutge to ref England-Boks at RWC
French referee Joel Jutge
Jutge is one of the sport's most well-respected referees
French referee Joel Jutge will take charge of England's crucial World Cup pool clash against South Africa in Paris on 14 September.

Jutge is the only French official named among a 12-man list of referees to officiate at the tournament.

England provide three referees in Chris White, Tony Spreadbury and World Cup debutant Wayne Barnes.

Spreadbury has been chosen to take charge of the tournament opener between France and Argentina on 7 September.

The referee panel is completed by Welshman Nigel Owens, Australian Stuart Dickinson, Irish pair Alain Rolland and Alan Lewis, New Zealanders Steve Walsh and Paul Honiss, plus the South African duo of Jonathan Kaplan and Marius Jonker.

Another Irishman, Donal Courtney, has announced his retirement from international refereeing to concentrate on business interests.

England's three other pool games - against the USA, Samoa and Tonga - will be controlled by Kaplan, Lewis and Rolland, respectively.

Barnes, meanwhile, has been handed four group fixtures, including New Zealand's opener against Italy.

Elsewhere, Wales' Cardiff showdown with Australia in September has been awarded to Walsh.

IRB referee manager Paddy O'Brien said: "The committee was delighted by the standard of match officials available for selection.

"While inevitably there are those who are unlucky to miss out on selection, it is really exciting to see the likes of Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens and Marius Jonker all included within a Rugby World Cup referees' panel for the first time on merit."

A panel of 13 specialist touch judges has also been revealed but from the quarter-finals onwards, touch judge appointments will be drawn from the 12-strong referees' list.

Meanwhile, Barnes and Owens have also secured their first Tri-Nations Tests this summer.

Barnes will control the tournament opener between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town on 16 June with Owens in charge for the New Zealand v Australia clash in Auckland five weeks later.

Jutge will also referee England's second Test against South Africa in Pretoria on 2 June, with Walsh appointed for the opening Springboks encounter in Bloemfontein seven days earlier.


World Cup referees: Chris White, Tony Spreadbury, Wayne Barnes (all England); Paul Honiss, Steve Walsh (both New Zealand), Alain Rolland, Alan Lewis (both Ireland); Jonathan Kaplan, Marius Jonker (both South Africa); Nigel Owens (Wales); Stuart Dickinson (Australia); Joel Jutge (France).

World Cup touch judges: Dave Pearson (England); Hugh Watkins (Wales); Malcolm Changleng (Scotland); Simon McDowell (Ireland); Kelvin Deaker, Lyndon Bray, Lawrence Bryce (all New Zealand); Craig Joubert, Mark Lawrence (both South Africa); Christophe Berdos (France); Paul Marks (Australia); Federico Cuesta (Argentina); Carlo Damasco (Italy).



SEE ALSO
Rugby World Cup 2007 fixtures
11 Jan 07 |  Rugby Union
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


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