Barnes to officiate Springboks quarter final clash

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Wayne Barnes of England will officiate the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Japan in Tokyo on Sunday. South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will do duty in his 50th test match when he calls the shots in the match between Wales and France in Oita on the same day.

Welshman, Nigel Owens will handle the match between New Zealand and Ireland, while controversial French referee, Jerome Garces, will officiate the clash between England and Australia.

Barnes was in charge of the Springboks’ Pool B clash against Italy earlier this month. The Boks comfortably won that match 49-3.

South Africa will be content with Barnes’ appointment. It will be his 15th test involving the Springboks with the South Africans winning 11 of the previous 14.

Meanwhile defending champions, New Zealand, are excited about the challenge of facing Ireland on Saturday. The Irish won two of their last three tests against the All Blacks But the Kiwi’s are not too concerned about the past.

“It’s really different being in the World Cup and we haven’t so far really talked about what happened in those previous occasions and they might take a lot of confidence out of it but we know we’ve just got to make sure we, we’re playing Ireland in the quarter final and that’s all we can do,” says Dane Coles who is the All Blacks hooker.

Saturday’s match in Tokyo gets underway at 12:15, South African time.

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