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Peyper, Garcès and Poite to referee Lions' Tests against All Blacks

World Rugby have also confirmed the match officials for Ireland’s summer tour.

WORLD RUGY HAS confirmed the refereeing appointments for this summer’s Lions Test series, with Jaco Peyper, Jérôme Garcès and Romain Poite to take charge of the three high-profile clashes.

Rory Best talks to referee Jaco Peyper Peyper speaks to Rory Best during Ireland's November Tests against the All Blacks in Dublin. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The panel of three referees will rotate between match day duties during the series, with each man controlling one Test while the other two carry out the assistant referee roles.

South African official Peyper has been named as referee of the first Test in Auckland on 24 June, while Garcès will be on the whistle for the second fixture in Wellington on 1 July, and Poite takes charge of the final Test in Auckland on 8 July.

Australia’s George Ayoub will be the Television Match Official for all three Tests.

Poite will also referee the Lions’ meeting with the Hurricanes on 27 June, in between the first and second Tests, with the other three members of the match officials panel also on duty.

36-year-old Peyper has taken charge of 36 Tests in his career so far, Frenchman Garcès has been in charge of 37 international fixtures, while 41-year-old Poite is the most experienced of the trio with 53 Tests.

Australia’s Angus Gardner, Pascal Gaüzère and Mathieu Raynal will also referee warm-up games on the Lions’ 10-game tour of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s clash with USA in New Jersey on 10 June will be refereed by the RFU’s Luke Pearce.

Joe Schmidt’s side then travel to Japan for a two-Test series, with Mathieu Raynal on the whistle for the first clash in Shizuoka on 17 June, before JP Doyle of the RFU takes over for the second Test in Tokyo on 24 June.

A full list of World Rugby’s refereeing appointments for the June Tests can be seen here.

Further detail on the Lions tour match officials can be viewed here.

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