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Match officials for DHL NZ Lions Series confirmed

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allblacks.com     24 Mar 2017     Getty Images

Romain Poite and Jérôme Garcès of France and South Africa’s Jaco Peyper have been appointed to referee the three Tests between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions in Auckland and Wellington in June and July.

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The 36-year-old Peyper, who is a veteran of 36 tests, will take charge of the first All Blacks v Lions test at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 24 June. It will be the first time the All Blacks and Lions have clashed since 2005 and will be one of the most anticipated clashes in recent history.

A week later, Garcès, who has previously controlled 37 internationals, will take charge of the second test in Wellington, with Poite (53 tests) refereeing the third and final match of the series in Auckland.