World Rugby has announced the Emirates match officials for the Guinness Six Nations 2022, which kicks off on 5 February.
While the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge logistics, it has been possible to select from the widest available group since 2019, with almost all top match officials able to travel.
As a result, 13 referees representing eight unions will take charge of the Championship’s 15 matches.
- Australia’s Damon Murphy as the other Six Nations referee debutant
- Australia’s Angus Gardner and Nic Berry referee first Six Nations matches since 2019
- New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe take charge of first Championship matches since 2020 as travel restrictions ease
- Television Match Official Brett Cronan (Australia) will also make his Championship debut in the role
Chairman of the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Graham Mourie said: “The 2022 Guinness Six Nations represents an important milestone for our match officials on the road to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
“Being able to select from the largest pool of match officials since the last Rugby World Cup is exciting and also means that we will be able to optimise preparation on the ground prior to and during the Championship. I would like to extend my congratulations to Nika, Damon and Karl, who will be refereeing their first Six Nations matches, and wish all the best to all the match officials selected for the Championship.”
The appointments for the Women’s and U20 Six Nations will be made in due course.