Assistant referee Wayne Barnes a late withdrawal from Ireland v France
Referee Wayne Barnes is a late withdrawal from today’s Ireland v France match at the Aviva Stadium.
Barnes was removed from Saturday’s game just after midday, citing family reasons for his late withdrawal.
The veteran English referee was supposed to line up as one of match referee Nigel Owens’ assistants but will now be replaced by compatriot Luke Pearce who switches from Assistant Referee 1 to Assistant Referee 2.
World Rugby confirmed that Welsh referee Dan Jones will replace Barnes for the round three tie with Jones joining Owens, Pearce and fourth official George Ayoub to round out the officiating crew.