Rugby World Cup goes with experienced referees for quarter-finals after criticism

first_imgEngland’s Wayne Barnes will take charge of Japan’s quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday on a weekend when the organisers have opted for experience following widespread criticism of the standard of officiating here.World Rugby said at a media briefing that it was happy with the way games had been controlled after the opening round when officials and television match officials were criticised for being too lenient over high challenges. Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger Ireland’s Bundee Aki ruled out of World Cup by three-match ban … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Share on Twitter Rugby union Topics news Rugby World Cup Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup 2019 Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp A record number of players have been sent off and only six of the 20 teams escaped without a red or yellow card during the group stage.The most experienced referee in the tournament, Nigel Owens, will control the match between New Zealand and Ireland on Saturday while the first quarter-final in Oita between England and Australia will have a Frenchman in charge, Jérôme Garcès.He refereed England’s defeat to Wales in the 2015 World Cup at Twickenham, upsetting the hosts by regularly penalising them at the scrum in the second half. His compatriot Romain Poite had the whistle in their next match against Australia, so angering England’s coaching team than Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree were disciplined for rounding on assistant referees during the interval.South Africa’s Jack Peyper, in his 50th Test, will referee Wales’ match against France in Oita. The last time he was in charge of them they beat England in Cardiff in this year’s Six Nations on their way to the grand slam. Reuse this contentlast_img read more