World Cup 2023. Mathieu Reynal appoints referee for the England-South Africa match with Ben O’Keefe

World Cup 2023. Mathieu Reynal appoints referee for the England-South Africa match with Ben O’Keefe

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Mathieu Raynal has finally been appointed as the referee for the England-South Africa semi-final, after Andrew Preece withdrew. (© Aikon Sport)

Matteo Raynal He will finally be on the pitch, on Saturday 21 October, during the second semi-final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, between… England And South Africa.

The French referee will be on the bench alongside the New Zealander ben o’keefe, Appointing a central referee despite the controversy that arose after the quarter-finals between France and South Africa.

Mathieu Reynal as reinforcement for the England-South Africa semi-final

This unexpected designation has nothing to do with the numerous criticisms leveled against Ben O’Keefe over the past week. The latter remains the on-field referee for the semi-final match between XV de la Rose and the Springboks. But his No. 1 assistant referee had to Andrew Bryce (Ireland) Finally Withdraw.

“The International Rugby League has confirmed that a change has been made to the appointment of referees for the 2023 Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa,” the international body officially announced 24 hours before the meeting.

Matteo Reynal is on the sidelines, and Ben O’Keefe is in the middle

“Andrew Preece will not be able to keep his place due to a calf strain,” explains World Rugby, who also has to deal with the South Africa withdrawal. jacko bieber, He was injured during the Argentina-Wales quarter-final match last weekend.

Here is the new name for the England-South Africa semi-final:

  • Referee: Ben O’Keefe (New Zealand)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (France)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
  • Video referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
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There is no final for Matteo Raynal?

For Mathieu Raynal, this semi-final appointment could also be a sign that the French referee was not the rugby world’s favorite to referee the World Cup grand final, Saturday 28 October.

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If England loses to South Africa next Saturday in the semi-finals, British rule will prevail Wayne Barnes He appears to be in first place to be chosen for the biggest match of the year. On the other hand, if XV de la Rose qualifies for the final, Mathieu Raynal could have every chance.

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