New Zealand referee Ben O’Keeffe will take charge of the quarter-final between the Springboks and France in Paris, as World Rugby confirmed the match officials for this weekend’s playoffs.
World Rugby on Tuesday confirmed the four match official teams that will handle the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday and Sunday.
O’Keeffe will lead an all-New Zealand team for the fourth quarter-final between South Africa and tournament hosts France on Sunday, with Paul Williams and James Doleman as assistants. The TMO is Brendon Pickerill.
It will be a first World Cup playoff for O’Keeffe, who also handled the Springboks’ pool stage match against Ireland.
Meanwhile, the first World Cup quarter-final between Wales and Argentina will be handled by Jaco Peyper, with fellow South African Marius Jonker as the TMO.
England’s Wayne Barnes will take charge of a record fourth quarter-final when he has the whistle for the match between Ireland and New Zealand on Saturday night.
Mathieu Raynal (France) will take charge of the third quarter-final between England and Fiji in Marseille on Sunday evening.
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