Match officials named for DHL NZ Lions Series
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Gardner will open the Series, overseeing the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions match in Whangarei. He will be joined by local Assistant Referees Brendon Pickerill and Mike Fraser, and TMO Aaron Paterson.
Experienced South African official Marius Jonker and Australians Ian Smith and George Ayoub will be sharing TMO duties from the Blues match onwards.
Poite, Garcès and 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.
Peyper takes the reins for the first match in Auckland. A week later, Garcès will take charge of the second Test in Wellington, with Poite refereeing the third and final match of the Series in Auckland.
Match Official Appointments for the DHL NZ Lions Series
(Times are local)
|Match ||Details ||Venue ||Referee ||Assistant Referees||TMO |
|New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 3 June at 7.35pm||Toll Stadium, Whangarei||Angus Gardner (ARU)||Brendon Pickerill & Mike Fraser (NZR)||Aaron Paterson (NZR)|
|Blues v British & Irish Lions||Wednesday 7 June at 7.35pm||Eden Park, Auckland||Pascal Gauzere (FFR)||Mathieu Raynal (FFR) & Angus Gardner (ARU)||Marius Jonker (SARU)|
|Crusaders v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 10 June at 7.35pm||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||Mathieu Raynal (FFR)||Angus Gardner (ARU) & Pascal Gauzere (FFR)||Marius Jonker (SARU)|
|Highlanders v British & Irish Lions||Tuesday 13 June at 7.35pm||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||Angus Gardner (ARU)||Pascal Gauzere & Mathieu Raynal (FFR)||Ian Smith (ARU)|
|Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 17 June at 7.35pm||International Stadium, Rotorua||Jaco Peyper (SARU)|| Jerome Garces & Romain Poite (FFR)||Ian Smith (ARU)|
|Chiefs v British & Irish Lions||Tuesday 20 June at 7.35pm||FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton||Jerome Garces (FFR)||Jaco Peyper (SARU) & Romain Poite (FFR)||Ian Smith (ARU)|
|All Blacks v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 24 June at 7.35pm||Eden Park, Auckland||Jaco Peyper (SARU)|| Romain Poite & Jerome Garces (FFR)||George Ayoub (ARU)|
|Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions||Tuesday 27 June at 7.35pm||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||Romain Poite (FFR)||Jaco Peyper (SARU) & Jerome Garces (FFR)||George Ayoub (ARU)|
|All Blacks v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 1 July at 7.35pm||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||Jerome Garces (FFR)||Jaco Peyper (SARU) & Jerome Garces (FFR)||George Ayoub (ARU)|
|All Blacks v British & Irish Lions||Saturday 8 July at 7.35pm||Eden Park, Auckland||Romain Poite (FFR)||Jerome Garces (FFR) & Jaco Peyper (SARU)||George Ayoub (ARU)|