Walsh back in business

The IRB has ended referee Steve Walsh’s two-year Test exile and the Kiwi will call the Wales vs South Africa game in November.

The New Zealander was suspended from international rugby after turning up drunk to a conference of leading southern hemisphere referees in Sydney in 2008.

A year later, Walsh was stood down by the New Zealand Rugby Union. He revived his career in Australia.

However, the IRB on Thursday announced he would be in charge for Wales’ match against South Africa, followed by Scotland’s match against Samoa.

Nigel Owens will referee the Boks’ first tour match against Ireland. Stu Dickinson will officiate the Scotland vs SA fixture and George Clancy will take control of the England vs SA Test at Twickenham.