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Match officials named for DHL NZ Lions Series

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Pascal Gauzere, Mathieu Raynal, Jérôme Garcès and Romain Poite from the Fédération Française de Rugby will all be in the middle throughout the Series, joined by Australia's Angus Gardner and South African Jaco Peyper.

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 LionsWednesday 7 June at 7.35pm
Eden Park, Auckland
Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Mathieu Raynal (FFR) & Angus Gardner (ARU)
Marius Jonker (SARU)
Crusaders v British & Irish LionsSaturday 10 June at 7.35pm
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Mathieu Raynal (FFR)Angus Gardner (ARU) & Pascal Gauzere (FFR)  Marius Jonker (SARU)
Highlanders v British & Irish LionsTuesday 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 LionsSaturday 17 June at 7.35pm
International Stadium, Rotorua
Jaco Peyper (SARU)
 Jerome Garces & Romain Poite (FFR)
 Ian Smith (ARU)
Chiefs v British & Irish LionsTuesday 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 LionsSaturday 24 June at 7.35pm
Eden Park, Auckland
 Jaco Peyper (SARU) Romain Poite & Jerome Garces (FFR)
George Ayoub (ARU)
Hurricanes v British & Irish LionsTuesday 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 LionsSaturday 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 LionsSaturday 8 July at 7.35pm
Eden Park, Auckland
Romain Poite (FFR)
Jerome Garces (FFR) & Jaco Peyper (SARU)George Ayoub (ARU)