Lewis left out as Rolland and Clancy get World Cup nod
IRELAND's Alan Lewis has been omitted from the 10-strong panel of referees for the World Cup in New Zealand, but colleagues Alain Rolland and George Clancy have both made the list.
Indeed, Clancy will have the honour of taking charge of the tournament's opening game between New Zealand and Tonga in Auckland on September 9.
English officials Wayne Barnes and Dave Pearson have also been selected and will be joined by Wales' Nigel Owens. Frenchman Romain Poite, South African pair Jonathan Kaplan and Craig Joubert, New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence and Australian official Steve Walsh complete the 10.
The group will preside over all 48 games, supported by seven assistant referees and four television match officials, including Irish assistant referee Simon McDowell.
Selections were made following a comprehensive review of refereeing performances by the IRB match official selection committee, chaired by IRB Council member David Pickering, at its two-day meeting in Dublin this week.
It will be Clancy's World Cup debut, while Kaplan and Walsh are set for a record fourth event.