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Change confirmed to the match officials for Italy vs England

By Liam Heagney
Referee Pierre Brousset (Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Injury has forced an alteration in the match officials originally appointed to take charge of the opening round Guinness Six Nations fixture between Steve Borthwick’s England and Italy in Rome.

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Pierre Brousset of France had been named as an assistant referee for the February 3 Stadio Olimpico fixture.

However, having last weekend taken charge of the Connacht versus Bristol Investec Champions Cup match, a calf injury has now sidelined the French official from his upcoming role as referee Paul Williams’ assistant.

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A statement read: “World Rugby have confirmed a change to the match official appointments for the Guinness men’s Six Nations match between Italy and England on Saturday, February 3.

“Pierre Brousset (France) has sustained a calf injury and will be replaced by Nika Amashukeli (Georgia) as assistant referee.

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“The updated appointments for this match are – referee: Paul Williams (NZR), assistant referee one: Nic Berry (RA), assistant referee 2: Nika Amashukeli (GRU), TMO: Brett Cronan (RA).”

  • Click here for the full list of Guinness Six Nations match official appointments
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