- Barnes, Garner, Doyle and Pearce appointed to November Tests
- “To have four of our seven full time guys selected is good for our programme” – Acting Head of Professional Referee Development Tony Spreadbury
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Four of the Rugby Football Union’s top referees have been selected by the IRB to officiate during the November international window.
Wayne Barnes, Greg Garner, JP Doyle and Luke Pearce will all referee over the course of next month – recognition, says Acting Head of Professional Referee Development Tony Spreadbury, of their hard work.
Barnes will take charge of France v South Africa and Wales v Australia, Garner will referee Romania v Canada, Doyle is the man in the middle for Scotland v Japan and French Barbarians v Samoa and there is a first international game for Pearce, who will hold the whistle for Russia v Japan.
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Spreadbury said: “It’s the first time in a while that we’ve had four of our referees selected by the IRB and it’s a testament to the hard work they put in. I’m pleased for all of the guys – in particular Luke who has his first tier two game, and I’m really pleased for Wayne who continues to referee at a high standard and deserves his tier one games. But they have all done extremely well and we are pleased for them.
“The fact that the appointments have come from outside of the RFU is very positive and to have four of our seven full time guys selected is good for our programme and again illustrates that refereeing is a very serious profession nowadays.”
Pearce added: "As a collective group [of RFU referees], the fact that for four of us have been assigned to international games in November sets a really good tone and sends message out to say that we are doing well. There are things we can improve on, but we have been recognised by the IRB, a system outside of our own leagues, and we must be going reasonably well to do that.
“Of course the challenge now is to maintain our level of refereeing and to ensure that our decision making is, more often than not, correct."
A full list of the IRB's international appointments this autumn, including those for England's three Tests at Twickenham, can be found here.