New Zealander Paul Williams will take charge of the first Test on 11 October in Wellington and Australia’s Angus Gardner will referee the second Test in Auckland on 18 October. The approach was agreed with the support of the respective unions and their coaches.
In other major refereeing news, Nigel Owens is set to become the first person to take charge of 100 tests when the Welshman referees France versus Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup in November.
The Rugby World Cup 2015 final referee will take charge of two matches in the new competition to reach the milestone, 17 years after his test debut in February 2003 when he was in the middle for Portugal versus Georgia.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Joy Neville, the Rugby World Cup 2017 final referee will also make history, as the first female to perform Television Match Official duties when Wales face Georgia and Scotland take on Fiji in the same competition, having impressed in recent elite club rugby competitions.
Appointments for The Rugby Championship will be made in due course.
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