International match officials to June 8

The match officials for the opening weekend of the June internationals have been announced, with Nigel Owens in the middle at Eden Park and Ireland’s George Clancy in charge in South Africa.


South Africa vs World XV
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
Timekeeper: Albert Mocke (South Africa)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

New Zealand vs England at Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Andrew Cole (Australia)

Fiji vs Italy at National Stadium, Suva
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Johan Hoffmann (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Australia vs France at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Argentina vs Ireland at Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

USA vs Scotland in Houston
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Francesco Pastrana (Argentina), Chris Assmus (Canada)
Television match official: Alan Hosie (Scotland)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

Michael O’Donohoe (RIP)

The death has take place of Mick O’Donohoe, former ARLB referee and assessor and member of Terenure College RFC.

Beloved husband of Pauline and an exceptional father to Ciarán, Killian and Donnach.  Will be deeply missed by his daughters-in-law Mairéad, Caroline and Rhona, his eight grandchildren, sisters Marian and Therese, brothers-in-law Matt and Neville, sister-in-law Angela, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass on (Tuesday) at 10.30 a.m. in Terenure College followed by burial in Mount Venus Cemetery.  Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.