Jackson to control two Six Nations Tests

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Lynn McConnell     12 Nov 2015     Getty Images

He will referee Italy v England in Rome on February 14 and Scotland v France in Edinburgh on March 13.

He will also be an assistant referee on February 7 for the Ireland v Wales game.

Ben O'Keefe will also be an assistant referee for the Ireland v Wales games and also the Italy v England game.

Ben Skeen will be the television match official in three games, England v Wales on March 12, Scotland v France on March 13 and France v England on March 19.

Jackson, Jaco Peyper of South Africa and Romain Poite of France have two matches each. Coming into the pool for the first time is Australian Angus Gardner, 31, who will control the Ireland v Italy game.

Gardner gets his chance with Chris Pollock's retirement after refereeing 22 Tests.

The chairman of the Match Official selection committee, John Jeffrey said: " Now that a successful Rugby World Cup is behind us, we are conscious of introducing fresh talent into the mix as we start our preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan."

Jeffrey thanked Pollock for his dedication and service, he had been a world-class referee for several years and a pleasure to work with.

"We are very pleased with how our top referees and television match officials performed during the World and notwithstanding Chris' retirement we have managed to keep almost all of them together as we begin another four-year cycle towards 2019.

"As always, our focus continues to be clear and consistent decision-making and the highest standards of physical conditioning," he said.

The Match Official selection committee which meets four times a year comprises: Jeffrey, Lyndon Bray and Andrew Cole (Sanzar), Donal Courtney (European Rugby Champions Cup), Clayton Thomas (Six Nations) and World Rugby's high performance manager Joel Jutge.