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Referee appointments for Round Two

Referee appointments for Round Two

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 25/2/2017 Ireland vs France Referee Nigel Owens Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Romain Poite and Mathieu Raynal will take charge of the Saturday matches in Round Two of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations while Nigel Owens will referee ‘Le Crunch’ on Sunday

The experienced French official Poite, who first oversaw a match in Rugby’s Greatest Championship in 2010 – Ireland’s 29-11 win over Italy at Croke Park – will be the man in the middle once again when Scotland and Ireland do battle at BT Murrayfield on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).

An assistant during England’s 32-20 victory over the Irish at the Aviva Stadium in Round One, Poite will be in charge of proceedings as last year’s Grand Slam winners look to bounce back against Gregor Townsend’s Scots, who defeated Italy in their opening encounter.

Pascal Gauzere and Alexandre Ruiz will be Poite’s assistants, with Englishman Rowan Kitt on TMO duties.

Another French referee will have the whistle in Saturday’s second clash, with Mathieu Raynal in charge of Italy’s showdown against Wales at the Stadio Olimpico (kick-off 4.45pm).

With two teams looking to follow up contrasting results in Round One – the Azzurri were beaten by Scotland last time out while Wales opened up with a stirring comeback victory against France in Paris – Raynal will be in charge of matters in Rome.

Wayne Barnes, who oversaw Wales meeting with France in Round One, will be one of Raynal’s assistant, partnering Shuhei Kubo of Japan, while David Grashoff will be the TMO.

And finally, the experienced Nigel Owens will be in charge of England v France at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

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Welshman Owens oversaw his first match in Rugby’s Greatest Championship back in 2007 and will be the man in the middle as England look to follow-up their opening-round success in Dublin, with Les Bleus attempting to bounce back to winning ways.

Irishman Andrew Brace and Brendon Pickerill, from New Zealand, will be Owens’ assistant officials while Glenn Newman will be in situ as the TMO.