Ire­land will have fa­mil­iar ref­er­ee­ing faces for Six Nations

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Jerome Garces will ref­eree Ire­land’s open­ing match in the 2019 Six Nations against Eng­land at the Aviva sta­dium on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2nd (4.45).

The French­man is one of the top of­fi­cials in the game, with a sym­pa­thetic style from a player’s per­spec­tive and his ap­point­ment should be em­braced by the pro­tag­o­nists.

Three ref­er­ees who took charge of Ire­land games dur­ing last year’s Six Nations Grand Slam march will once again pre­side over matches in­volv­ing Joe Schmidt’s team.

An­other French­man Ro­main Poite will be in charge when Ire­land travel to take on Scot­land at Mur­ray­field – he did the Italy game last sea­son – while New Zealan­der Glen Jack­son will have the whis­tle in Rome hav­ing ref­er­eed Ire­land’s win over Wales in 2018.

Jack­son’s com­pa­triot Ben O’Ke­effe will take charge of Ire­land’s game against France in round four while Aus­tralia’s An­gus Gard­ner, who was the ref­eree when Schmidt’s charges beat Eng­land to win the Grand Slam at Twick­en­ham last sea­son, will coin­ci­den­tally pre­side over Ire­land’s fi­nal match in the tour­na­ment, against Wales in the Prin­ci­pal­ity sta­dium.

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