WORLD Rugby has announced changes to the match official appointments for the final two rounds of the Guinness Six Nations, after developments in the coronavirus situation.

With South African officials Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen unable to participate in England versus France on March 13 and Scotland versus Italy on March 20, a reshuffle of the officials for four of the final six matches has been made.

Andrew Brace (Ireland) will take Peyper’s place as referee for England versus France.


Wayne Barnes (England) will take Brace’s place with the whistle for Italy versus Wales for what will be his third match of the 2021 Championship.

Pascal Gaüzère (France) will replace Peyper as referee for Scotland versus Italy for his second match of the Championship.

As a consequence of this reshuffle, there are also revised assistant referee and Television Match Official appointments.