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2023 Rugby World Cup match officials announced

31 May 2023
Marc Thomas 31 May 2023
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  • Jaco Peyper will officiate in his 3rd World Cup
  • Wayne Barnes has refereed 102 Test matches
  • A total of 26 match officials announced
Jaco Peyper
South Africa's Jaco Peyper will officiate at his third Rugby World Cup in 2023 (Getty Images)

As the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France draws ever nearer, World Rugby today announced the team of officials to take charge of all games during the September and October event.

South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will referee in his third World Cup while fellow South African, Marius Jonker will also be at his third event. However, the latter only refereed at one World Cup previously, while he was a TMO at the 2019 tournament and will be the same in 2023.

The field of 26 officials will be lead by veteran Wayne Barnes (England) who has refereed 102 Test matches to date. This will be his fifth World Cup tournament as referee.

Nika Amashukeli will become the first ever Georgian to referee at a World Cup while Ireland’s Joy Neville, who refereed the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup final, will take her place as the first woman official at a Men’s World Cup as TMO.

There are a total of nine nations represented among the officials including Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales.

Specific match appointment for the Rugby World Cup will be made after this years Rugby Championship and World Cup warm-up games.

Rugby World Cup Match Officials

Wayne BarnesEngland
Jaco PeyperSouth Africa
Nika AmashukeliGeorgia
Nic BerryAustralia
Andrew BraceIreland
Matthew CarleyEngland
Ben O’KeeffeNew Zealand
Mathieu RaynalFrance
Luke PearceEngland
Paul WilliamsNew Zealand
Angus GardnerAustralia
Karl DicksonEngland

Assistant Referee
Christophe RidleyEngland
Craig EvansWales
James DolemanNew Zealand
Chris BusbyIreland
Pierre BroussetFrance
Jordan WayAustralia
Andrea PiardiItaly

Marius JonkerSouth Africa
Tom FoleyEngland
Brendon PickerillNew Zealand
Joy NevilleIreland
Brett CronanAustralia
Brian MacNeiceIreland
Ben WhitehouseWales

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