Owens gets nod for Ireland opener
NIGEL OWENS will be in charge for Ireland's opening November international against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium, just as he was last year for the same fixture.
On that occasion, at Croke Park last year, the Welshman was in charge when Ireland recorded a famous 15-10 win over the world champions and he has been appointed for this year's rematch on November 6. South African Marius Jonker will officiate Ireland versus New Zealand on November 20. Ireland's Alain Rolland gets the autumn internationals under way on October 30 in the Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia in Hong Kong.
Autumn internationals: Nov 6 -- Ireland v South Africa (N Owens); Nov 13 -- Ireland v Samoa (K Brown); Nov 20 -- Ireland v New Zealand (M Jonker); Nov 28 -- Ireland v Argentina (M Lawrence).