Referees named for Lions rugby tour

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    New Zealand’s Chris Pollock, South African Craig Joubert and France’s Romain Poite will referee the three Test matches between Australia and the touring British and Irish Lions, the International Rugby Board says.

    “Appointments were made by the IRB Match Official Selection Committee following a comprehensive review of performances during the recent RBS 6 Nations and other fixtures,” world rugby’s governing body said on Tuesday.

    Pollock will take charge of the first Test in Brisbane on June 22, with Joubert refereeing the second Test in Melbourne on June 29 and Poite the final Test in Sydney on July 6.

    Other referees who will take charge of matches during the tour include New Zealand-born Australian Steve Walsh, who has been appointed to the tour opener between the Lions and the Barbarians in Hong Kong, Glen Jackson (NZRU), Jaco Peyper (SARU) and Jerome Garces (FFR).

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