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Garcès to take charge of Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina

Three Irishmen have been appointed as touch judges for the weekend.

Sean Farrell reports from Cardiff

THE REFEREE APPOINTMENTS for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final stage have been made and Jérôme Garcès will take charge of Ireland’s meeting with Argentina in the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

The Frenchman will be joined by his compatriot Romain Poite, and New Zealand’s Chris Pollock as touch judges for the third of this weekend’s four quarter-finals.

Two Irishmen will run the line in the first knock-out game of the tournament as JP Doyle (RFU) and George Clancy (IRFU) have been called upon to assist Wayne Barnes during South Africa v Wales in Twickenham.

For the second week in a row, Nigel Owens will referee France in the Millennium Stadium as they seek to topple the reigning world champion All Blacks. Ireland’s John Lacey and South African Jaco Peyper will lend the Welshman a hand on his home turf.

Lastly, 2011 World Cup final referee Craig Joubert has been installed as the whistleblower for Australia v Scotland, assisted by Glen Jackson (New Zealand) and Pascal Gauzere (France).

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