Published: 11:50 | 15/10/19

Owens to take charge of Ireland quarter-final


Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final clash with New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 10.30am).

Owens is a familiar face on the refereeing circuit and has taken charge of a number of big games in recent years including the 2015 final when the All Blacks defeated Australia.

The 48-year-old Owens will be assisted by France's Pascal Gauzere and Australia’s Angus Gardner, with Graham Hughes of England the television match official.

World Rugby announced its panel of officials for the quarter-finals following what it said was “a full review of performances over the 37 pool matches”.

Wayne Barnes will take charge of the Japan v South Africa game on Sunday, with Frenchman Jérôme Garcès nominated for England v Australia and South African Jaco Peyper in the middle for Wales v France.

Peyper was in charge of Japan’s pool game against Samoa during which he controversially penalised awarded the Samoans for a crooked feed into the scrum five metres from their own line which eventually resulted in a bonus point try for the hosts.

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