It will be very difficult, in fact near-impossible, for South Africa to avoid the referee most would want to see not officiating in a Springboks test match.
And so it is in the Rugby Championship when Romain Poite, one of the four France referees out of a total of 12 at the World Cup, will be the man in the middle when the Boks face Argentina in Salta on 10 August.
Paul Williams of New Zealand will be the referee when the Boks kick off their challenge in this year’s abbreviated competition in Wellington where they shocked the All Blacks with a 36-34 win last year.
All four Zanzaar teams play three matches. Die Boks face New Zealand (away), the Wallabies at Ellis Park and the Pumas in Salta.
World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the 63 confirmed men's international matches on the road to Rugby World Cup 2019. South African match officials Jaco Peyper and Marius Jonker will be involved in a number of internationals prior to RWC 2019.
♦ The Springboks will play five Tests before the start of the RWC in Japan – three in the shortened Castle Lager Rugby Championship, one friendly against Argentina and an RWC warm-up game against Japan.
The appointments cover the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the World Rugby Nations Cup, World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, June internationals and Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up matches.
All 23 of the match officials selected for Japan 2019 will be in action over a busy and important period of preparation for Rugby World Cup teams and the match officials.
♦ The appointments were made by the World Rugby Match Officials’ Selection Committee comprising Chairman Anthony Buchanan (Council member), Joel Jutge (EPCR), Lyndon Bray (SANZAAR) and Alain Rolland (World Rugby).
Williams, Berry, Poite, Angus Gardner (Australia), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) and Jérôme Garcès (France) will be taking charge of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship matches.
♦ The referees in the Boks’ remaining matches before the RWC are Englishman Pearce (friendly against Argentina on 17 August in Pretoria), while Berry is also scheduled to referee the Springboks’ RWC warm-up encounter with Japan, which takes place on Friday, 6 September in Kumagaya.
♦ Meanwhile, Peyper and Jonker were also handed several Test match duties. They are involved in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks on 10 August in Perth, where Peyper will be an assistant referee and Jonker the television match official (TMO).
The following week sees Peyper, South Africa’s most experience referee, take charge of the Bledisloe Cup Test between the All Blacks and Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland, with Jonker as TMO. And Peyper will carry the whistle in the big RWC warm-up match on 24 August at Twickenham between Six Nations rivals England and Ireland.
Issued by SA Rugby Communications and World Rugby