Ireland will have familiar refereeing faces for Six Nations
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.