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Referee Mathieu Raynal . Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Referee Mathieu Raynal . Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Referee Mathieu Raynal . Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland will be on familiar terms with French official Mathieu Raynal after he was handed the whistle for two of their Six Nations clashes next spring.

Raynal will take charge of Andy Farrell's away trip to Rome, before handling the final game against England on March 20.

Wayne Barnes is in the middle for the opener away to Wales, while his fellow Englishman Luke Pearce will ref the visit of France to Dublin and France's Romain Poite will officiate the trip to Murrayfield in Round Four.

Irish referee Andrew Brace takes charge of England v Scotland on the opening weekend and Italy v Wales in Round Four, while Joy Neville gets two outings as a television match official.

Ireland's Six Nations referees

February 7: Wales v Ireland, Wayne Barnes (England)

February 14: Ireland v France, Luke Pearce (England)

February 27: Italy v Ireland, Mathieu Raynal (France)

March 14: Scotland v Ireland, Romain Poite (France)

March 20: Ireland v England, Mathieu Raynal (France).

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