Six Nations Referees 2018

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World Rugby has made known the match officials for the Six Nations early in 2018.

There are 15 matches. Only four of them are refereed by Southern Hemisphere referees - Angus Gardner of Australia, Glen Jackson and Ben O'Keeffe of New Zealand and Jaco Peyper. The four French referees appointed will referees six of the matches with Jérôme Garcès and Pascal Gaüzère each refereeing two matches. Wayne Barnes and Nigel Owens will also referee two matches each.

This is not because it is a Northern Hemisphere tournament. The Rugby Championship is played in the Southern Hemisphere and of the 13 matches in 2017, nine were refereed by Northern referees, only four by men from the South. Of the championship referees four were French - Jérôme Garcès, Romain Poite, Pascal Gaüzère and Mathieu Raynal. Garcès  and Wayne Barnes each refereed  two of the matches.

Round 1

3 February 2018
Wales v Scotland at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official David Grashoff (England)

France v Ireland at Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official Rowan Kitt (England)

4 February 2018
Italy vs England at Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Round 2

10 February 2018
Ireland vs Italy at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official David Grashoff (England)

England vs Wales at Twickenham, London
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

11 February
Scotland vs France at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official Rowan Kitt (England)

Round 3

23 February
France vs Italy at Orange Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official David Grashoff (England)

Ireland vs Wales at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official Rowan Kitt (England)

24 February 2018
Scotland vs England at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Round 4

10 March 2018
Ireland vs Scotland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official George Ayoub (Australia)

France vs England at Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

11 March 2018
Wales vs Italy at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Round 5

17 March 2018
Italy vs Scotland at Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official Marius Jonker (South Africa)

England vs Ireland at Twickenham, London
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Wales vs France at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official George Ayoub (Australia)

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