Barnes to ref crucial World Cup clash

Wayne Barnes will referee the World Cup pool match between South Africa and Wales on 11 September.

The Englishman will take control of what should be the deciding fixture of Pool D. If South Africa win this Test, they’re likely to secure an easier path to the semi-finals.

Romain Poite (France) will referee in the Boks’ clash vs Fiji on 17 September, George Clancy (Ireland) in the match vs Namibia on 22 September and finally Nigel Owens (Wales) in the match against Samoa on 30 September.

Furthermore, the three South African officials appointed to World Cup duty, Craig Joubert, Jonathan Kaplan and Shaun Veldsman, have been handed a number of appointments across the 40 pool matches.

Joubert and Kaplan will each referee four pool games, as is the case with all 10 referees appointed for the tournament. Added to that, Joubert will be assistant referee in a further three games, while Kaplan has been appointed to assist in four. Veldsman is the television match official in 10 pool games.