French and South African referees to officiate Ireland's Autumn internationals

Ireland will play four matches against New Zealand, Canada and Australia next month

BY Daniel Kelly 11:29 Wednesday 12 October 2016, 11:29 12 Oct 2016

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World Rugby have announced the full list of match officials that will take charge of the Autumn Internationals in November and December.

35 matches will take place over five weekends, with Ireland playing four matches in Chicago and Dublin. Joe Schmidt's side will have to deal with two French and two South African referees for the four internationals.

France's Mathieu Raynal will take charge of Ireland's historic Test match against New Zealand in Chicago on November 5th. Raynal was the referee who showed CJ Stander a red card in the First Test against South Africa in June.

Marius Van Der Westhuizen will take charge of the Test match against Canada in Dublin a week later on November 12th. The South African has never taken charge of an Ireland match, but was an assistant referee earlier this year in the Six Nations win over Italy.

The second match in the space of a fortnight between Ireland and New Zealand will see South Africa's Jaco Peyper in the middle on November 19th. Peyper was the referee this year in Ireland's Six Nations loss to France.

Jerome Garces will referee Ireland's final November international. The game against Australia will be played on November 26th. Garces officiated Ireland's win over Wales earlier this year.

Irish referees John Lacey, JP Doyle and George Clancy will also officiate games next month. Lacey will referee the Scotland and Australia, and Italy and Tonga. Doyle will be sent to Toulouse from France v Tonga, while Clancy will be in the middle for Italy's Test match against South Africa.

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