What nationality is the Rugby World Cup final referee? Who is Jerome Garces, the man in charge of England vs South Africa?

2 Nov

The Rugby World Cup will be decided this weekend as England and South Africa face off to claim the Webb Ellis Cup.

After a tournament full of drama and excitement, the final promises to provide a fitting end in Japan.

Frenchman Jerome Garces will take charge of England vs South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final
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England stunned New Zealand in the semis while the Springbok saw off Wales to set up the final two.

As the two get set to meet at the Yokohama International Stadium, what about the man who will be in the middle?

Frenchman Jerome Garces has been tasked with refereeing the showpiece match and he’ll bring a wealth of experience to the role.

The 46-year-old, who is from Pau near France’s southern border with Spain, is no stranger to the international stage.

As well as domestic rugby, Garces has taken charge of several Six Nations games and Lions tour matches.

In 2015, he refereed the infamous clash between Eddie Jones’ Japan and South Africa at Brighton’s Amex Stadium during that year’s World Cup.

Japan went on to claim a historic victory over the Boks.

Jerome Garces refereed England’s quarter-final victory over Australia
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Garces went on to oversee the semi-final meeting between South Africa and New Zealand later that summer with the former again losing.

He did take charge of South Africa’s final four win over Wales last weekend as he also did for England’s quarter-final victory against Australia on October 19.

Garces will be joined by two assistant referees for Saturday’s Final; France’s Romain Poite and Ben O’Keeffe from New Zealand. The television match official will be fellow Kiwi Ben Skeen.

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