ABs run into fa­mil­iar refs

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Two fa­mil­iar but un­pop­u­lar names with All Blacks fans will be back in charge of the New Zealand team on its end of year tour.

French ref­eree Jerome Garces – who sent Sonny Bill Wil­liams for an early shower in the sec­ond test against the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions last year – and Wayne Barnes, the English ref­eree who awarded a con­tro­ver­sial try in the All Blacks’ quar­ter­fi­nal loss to France in 2007, will be in charge of All Blacks tests in the north­ern hemi­sphere.

Garces, who red-carded Wil­liams in Welling­ton for a no-arms shoul­der charge on Lions wing An­thony Wat­son, will con­trol the All Blacks test against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Novem­ber 10.

Wil­liams be­came the first All Black sent off in a test in 50 years.

Barnes, who awarded the French a match-win­ning try in the 2007 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal de­spite what ap­peared to be a for­ward pass, will con­trol the All Blacks test against Ire­land – ar­guably the most im­por­tant match of the tour – at Aviva Sta­dium in Dublin on Novem­ber 17.

The other two All Blacks tests on the tour will be con­trolled by rel­a­tive new­com­ers on the test scene.

The All Blacks test against Italy on Novem­ber 24 will be con­trolled by Ire­land ref­eree An­drew Brace and English­man Matthew Car­ley will ref­eree the test against Ja­pan, the All Blacks’ first match of the tour, on Novem­ber 3.

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