The Emirates World Rugby match officials have been appointed for The Rugby Championship 2022, which runs from 6 August to 24 September.
Following a busy schedule of men’s test matches across June and July, 12 referees will take charge of the matches within a team of 26 match officials, including assistant referees and television match officials.
- 26 officials from 10 unions involved in the 12 matches
- Mike Adamson (Scotland), Nika Amashukeli (Georgia) and James Doleman (New Zealand) to make Championship debuts
- Adamson will become the first Scottish official to referee in the tournament since Jim Fleming in the 1999 Tri-Nations
- Mathieu Raynal (France) will referee in The Rugby Championship for first time since 2018
The selection reflects the selectors' ambition of giving all referees exposure to the biggest competitions in 2022 as preparation for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chairman Graham Mourie said: “We have a group of very committed match officials who, like players, continually work on their game through a robust, team-driven 360 degree review process. As we move closer to France 2023, we are growing as a team and the focus continues to be on consistent officiating of the clear and obvious with a particular emphasis on safety, speed and space.”