Rugby World Cup 2023 – New Zealander Ben O’Keefe will referee the quarter-final match between France and South Africa

Rugby World Cup 2023 – New Zealander Ben O’Keefe will referee the quarter-final match between France and South Africa

We know the World Cup quarter-final referees. New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe will referee the match between France and South Africa on Sunday evening. He had already managed the French XV in the World Cup during the second group stage match against Uruguay.

New Zealander Ben O’Keefe will be the referee for the Blues quarter-finals! He is 34 years old and, in his second World Cup appearance, will referee a quarter-final match for the first time. Ben O’Keeffe is a great Super Rugby specialist and a ‘Francophile’. An advantage for the French who will be able to communicate more easily with the man with the whistle. The French XV will officiate for the second time in the competition after the Uruguay match in Lille (A tough win for the Blues 27-12). Fabian Galthie’s men were penalized 15 times in this match.

Ben O’Keefe also managed South Africa in the World Cup during the match against Ireland. In this squeaky-clean game that featured an Irish victory and South Africa wasting 11 points, Ben O’Keefe penalized the world champions just 11 times (nine penalties against a Clover XV).

Wayne Barnes from Ireland – New Zealand, Frenchman from England

The other three quarter-finalists are also well known. Experienced Wayne Barnes, who will become the first referee to officiate a fourth quarter-final, will blow the whistle for Ireland’s clash with New Zealand (Saturday at 9 pm). On the same day, Jaco Bieber will officiate the Wales-Argentina match (Saturday at 5 pm).

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The only French central referee present at the World Cup, Mathieu Raynal, will officiate their quarter-final match England and Fiji (Sunday at 5 pm). Remember that the winner of this match will face the French team or South Africa in the semi-finals.

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