Frenchman Jerome Garces will hold the whistle for the Wallabies’ quarter-final clash against England on Saturday World Rugby announced on Tuesday.
It’s the second time this year that Garces will preside over the Wallabies, with the only other time he held the whistle this year being Bledisloe I in August.
On that evening, the Wallabies beat the All Blacks by a record 47-26 score.
The Wallabies’ biggest victory over the All Blacks came after All Blacks lock Scott Barrett was red carded for a no-arms tackle to the head of captain Michael Hooper.
They were helped to by a 4-8 penalty count against the All Blacks, which was the Wallabies’ lowest number in eight years.
At the time too, it was just the second time in the previous 16 Tests that the Wallabies had won the penalty count.
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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will hope that once again Garces looks upon his side favourably for their high stakes knockout clash against England, especially give his side’s troubles with the officials in recent years.
Isi Naisarani’s yellow card against Georgia last Friday was the Wallabies’ third sin binning offence of the tournament.
It also took the Wallabies’ card tally to 28 since over the past four-year World Cup cycle, moving them five cards clear of the next worst offending tier-one nation the All Blacks.
Garces is one of three French officials for the quarter-final, with compatriots Romain Poite and Mathieu Raynal his assistant referees.
New Zealander Ben Skeen, who has come under fire throughout the World Cup for his influence on matches, has been named as the Television Match Official.
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After a highly controversial tournament to date with officiating, World Rugby has opted for experience for the first-round of the knockout stages.
Welshman Nigel Owen will control New Zealand against Ireland, South African Jaco Peyper has the whistle for Wales against France while England’s Wayne Barnes takes charge of Japan against South Africa.
The announcements are a blow for the aspirations of Australian duo Nic Berry and Angus Gardner moving forward in the tournament.
Berry, in particular, had been widely applauded for his officiating during the tournament to date, while Gardner won World Rugby’s Referee of the Year in 2018.
Berry is the first assistant for the Wales-France quarter-final and Gardner the second assistant for the All Blacks’ clash against Ireland.