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World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the 63 confirmed men's international matches on the road to Rugby World Cup 2019.
The appointments cover The Rugby Championship, the World Rugby Nations Cup, World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, June internationals and Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up matches.
All 23 of the match officials selected for Japan 2019 will be in action over a busy and important period of preparation for Rugby World Cup teams and the match officials.
The world’s most experienced international referee, Nigel Owens (Wales) will officiate England's fixture against Barbarians on 2 June at Twickenham Stadium.
England's match against Wales on 11 August will be overseen by Mathieu Raynal (FFR), the reverse fixture by Pascal Gauzere (FFR), while Jaco Peyper (SARU) will officiate England v Ireland on 24 August and Ben O Keeffe (NZRU) will referee England v Italy at St James' Park on 6 September.
Rugby Football Union officials Luke Pearce (Japan v Fiji, Ireland v Italy, South Africa v Argentina), Karl Dickson (Italy v Russia), Wayne Barnes (Scotland v France), Matthew Carley (France v Italy) will also be in action through the summer and before the Rugby World Cup.
World Rugby high performance 15s match official manager Alain Rolland said: “With the team for Rugby World Cup 2019 now selected, we are now fine-tuning match official preparation on and off the field, building the team ethos, strengthening collaboration across the group and with the off-field disciplinary team and ensuring that the group arrives at Japan 2019 in the best shape it can be.”