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Referee change confirmed for England and South Africa semi-final

By Josh Raisey
Referee Mathieu Raynal reacts during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Quarter Final match between England and Fiji at Stade Velodrome on October 15, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Referee Mathieu Raynal is set to replace Andrew Brace as an assistant referee in tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final clash between South Africa and England at the Stade de France.

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The Frenchman officiated England’s win over Fiji last Saturday at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and comes in after Brace pulled a calf muscle this week.

Officiating Team
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referee 2: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)

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Guy 239 days ago

Here we another triple kiwi bunch… this is going to be good starting to remind me of the world cup in New Zealand… great reffing by an imbecile ref from New Zealand

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shirley 239 days ago

Oh no!!!
He was so biased towards England against Fiji.
Very very bad news for South Africa.

Rugby 🏉 board should address this before this important game.

Not on!!!

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Warner 239 days ago

Great Referee , good job that wasn’t the first time in that game.
His team mate urging him in the background to kick the ball said it all.

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Malcolm 239 days ago

I have never got over nor do I rate this French referee since the Bernard Foley escapade!!

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Pandula 239 days ago

RWC completely humbled by southern hemisphere finally in northern. 🖤🖤🖤

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Bob Marler 239 days ago

Now. If only we could Marius on the TMO.

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Liam 239 days ago

Ireland will brutalize your teams, jonny is goat of all goats

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Keef 239 days ago

O'Keefe is still the referee and on his previous obvious bias England have no chance .😴

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john 239 days ago

Good solid refereeing squad no issues with any of them. Just keep Barnes away.

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Martin 239 days ago

Overly biased towards southern hemisphere style I think.

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