South Africa vs Wales Live : World Rugby have revealed the two referees charged with officiating the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
Welshman Nigel Owens will be in charge of the whistle for England’s match-up with tournament favourites New Zealand, while Frenchman Jerome Garces will take control of Wales’ tie with a physical South Africa side.
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Owens will be supported by French assistant referees Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzere, while South African Marius Jonker will serve as Television Match Official (TMO).
England’s Wayne Barnes and New Zealander Ben O’Keefe will serve as linesmen for the Wales South Africa fixture, with Kiwi Ben Skeen serving as TMO.
Jaco Peyper is a notable omission after he was pictured alongside Wales fans appearing to mock French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina who was red carded by the South African.
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said of the decision: “I would like to congratulate Nigel and Jérôme, the assistant referees and TMOs on their selection for the semi-finals.
“These are the best of the best, supported by a superb team, and we now look forward to compelling semi-finals at International Stadium Yokohama over the weekend.”
Nigel Owens’ Rugby World Cup
Which games has he officiated?
Japan 30:10 Russia
Italy 48:7 Canada
England 39:10 Argentina
USA 19:31 Tonga
Quarter-final: Ireland 14:46 New Zealand
How many cards has he dished out?
Nigel Owens has been required to use his cards in three of the five fixtures that he has officiated in Japan.
The Welshman dished out a yellow to Matt Heaton of Canada for collapsing a maul during a 48-7 thrashing at the hands of Italy.
During England’s charged encounter with Argentina the veteran referee was also left with little choice but to red card the Pumas’ Thomas Lavanini for a reckless tackle on England’s Owen Farrell.
A red card for Lavanini was the right call, but handing a yellow card to Matt Todd of New Zealand during the All Blacks’ quarter final with Ireland for an offside which also resulted in a penalty try was debatable and criticised by the New Zealand press.