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Selected by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee, nine referees will officiate at the Under 20 tournament which takes place this year from June 5-23 in Nantes, Vannes and La Roche-sur-Yon in north-west France.
In keeping with the IRB strategy to expand and develop the talent pool of officials, eight of the nine referees will take charge for the first time at an IRB Junior World Championship.
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The key developmental tournament, which has so far provided the springboard for 196 players to graduate to international test level, also provides a similar role for aspiring Test referees. Romain Poite, Chris Pollock, Jérôme Garcès and Greg Garner are just some of the established whistle-blowers that have officiated at the JWC in the past.
IRB High Performance Match Officials Manager Joel Jutge believes it's a great opportunity for referees.
"The IRB Junior World Championship is an important part of our process to develop referees and the great thing is that four referee selectors are in camp with the match officials for the duration of the tournament,” he said.
“So they are coaching them, they are developing them, they are getting feedback and it's a huge development tool. It is just a great way of developing the next generation of elite level referees," said Jutge.
As part of the IRB strategy to further develop match officials across the world, this year's JWC will see no Union have more than one representative on the panel.
The IRB Junior World Championship is part of a process to ensure the highest quality referees are in place for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 in England, as it gives officials the perfect environment to learn from each other as a group, focus on continual coaching, assessment and mentoring to ensure the best-possible standards of consistency and performance.