Monday 1 May 2017

The referees who will take charge of the three Lions Tests in New Zealand are announced

New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa receives a yellow card for his tackle on Simon Zebo last November. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa receives a yellow card for his tackle on Simon Zebo last November. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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The French duo of Jerome Garces and Romain Poite and South Africa's Jaco Peyper will take charge of the three upcoming tests involving New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions in Auckland and Wellington.

World Rugby confirmed that 36-year-old South African official Jaco Peyper will control the first Test on June 24 in Auckland.

Peyper was heavily criticised for his handling of the All Blacks clash with Ireland at the Aviva last November.

Jerome Garces, who refereed England's Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin last weekend, has been appointed to the second Test in Wellington seven days later.

And Garces' countryman Romain Poite will be man in the middle at Auckland's Eden Park on July 8.

It will be a second successive Lions Test series appearance for Poite, who controlled the third and deciding 2013 contest against Australia in Sydney. He has refereed more than 50 Tests matches during his career.

Lions tour referee appointments: June 3 - Provincial Union XV (Angus Gardner, Australia); 7 - Blues (Pascal Gauzere, France); 10 - Crusaders (Mathieu Raynal, France); 13 - Highlanders (Angus Gardner); 17 - Maori (Jaco Peyper, South Africa); 20 - Chiefs (Jerome Garces, France); 24 - New Zealand (Jaco Peyper); 27 - Hurricanes (Romain Poite, France); July 1 - New Zealand (Jerome Garces); July 8 - New Zealand (Romain Poite).

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