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Match Officials Announced for 2020 Tri Nations Tournament

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World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the Tri Nations 2020, which kicks off in Australia on 31 October 2020.

The three-nation championship featuring Argentina, Australia and New Zealand will be played across six weekends, starting in Sydney with the third Bledisloe Cup match between Australia and New Zealand and concluding with Australia versus Argentina on 5 December 2020.

Across both hemispheres, appointments for the October to December temporary window have been made on a regional basis, recognising the challenges of ongoing national COVID-19 travel and quarantine measures.

In the case of Tri Nations, the quarantining measures and need to maintain a bubble means that nation neutrality is not possible and the team of match officials will come from Australia and New Zealand with Ben O’Keeffe, Paul Williams, Angus Gardner and Nic Berry refereeing. All coaches are supportive of this necessary position.

Chair of the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Graham Mourie said: “The Tri Nations will be a fantastic spectacle and full credit to everyone from the respective unions and SANZAAR for tackling a tricky environment to make it happen.

“As with the tests in the northern hemisphere, we have selected a regional team of match officials in recognition of ongoing and necessary restrictions in relation to COVID-19. The team will be subject to regular testing and hygiene measures in line with World Rugby’s return-to-play protocols.

“The lockdown period provided an opportunity to further focus on key game management areas, while maintaining fitness standards and the team selected for the Tri Nations are in excellent shape and looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Australia vs New Zealand at Sydney Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Ben O'Keefe
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Nic Berry
Television match official: Angus Gardner

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Australia vs New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keefe, Angus Gardner
Television match official: Paul Williams

Saturday, 14 November 2020

New Zealand vs Argentina at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Nic Berry, Paul Williams
Television match official: Ben O'Keefe

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Australia vs Argentina at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keefe, Angus Gardner
Television match official: Nic Berry

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Argentina vs New Zealand at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Ben O'Keefe
Television match official: Paul Williams

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Argentina vs Australia at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Ben O'Keefe
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Nic Berry
Television match official: Angus Gardner

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