The 2019 Rugby Championship & Bledisloe Referees

The 2019 competition has been shortened as it is a World Cup year.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

South Africa vs Australia

Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Karl Dickson (England)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)

Argentina vs New Zealand

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (IRFU), Alex Ruiz (France)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

Saturday, 27 July, 2019 

Australia vs Argentina

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

New Zealand vs South Africa

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Australia vs New Zealand

Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (SARU), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (SARU)

Argentina vs South Africa

Salta, Argentina
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Karl Dickson (England)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)

There is also the second Bledisloe Cup match. It is not a part of the Rugby Championship. The game in Perth on 10thAugust is the first of the two. The second will be played in Auckland a week later.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

New Zealand vs Australia

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (SARU)


  1. I would really like to open a dialogue with these fine fellows on, let’s call it, refereeing curiosities.

    (Those things to which we have all become accustomed that seem to be unpunished contraventions):

    1) Out of hand penalty kicks – why is it that those taking the kicks get the “mark”, take one pace back and then four paces forward before kicking it and never get blown?
    2) 50 meter line kick-offs : Virtually every one of these sees 2, 3 or 4 players advancing in front of the kicker and maybe they are punished one in ten times?
    3) Position of hooker’s feet when throwing in at line outs. Doesn’t seem to matter?
    4) No 9 ever puts the ball in straight at scrums. They changed the law regarding the scrummies positioning but a 45 degree angle is still not blown.
    5) 5 meters from scrum. Sometimes the defending side is blown-up but very rarely the attacking team although the first receiver is frequently infringing.

    Lastly, just a thought: Defending right in front of one’s own uprights is a nightmare. Why not have the kind of goalposts used in American football where there are no uprights on the goal line but instead, poles that have a single upright way back and a horizontal bar taking the cross-bar to the goal line?

    PS I wanted this piece to constitute a new subject but don’t know how to kick off such!