World Rugby has today confirmed that Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa) and Joy Neville (Ireland) will take charge of the Rugby World Cup 2021 semi-finals at Eden Park this weekend.

It will be the first time either Barrett-Theron or Neville takes charge of a Rugby World Cup semi-final.

Barrett-Theron will referee the first semi-final between Canada and England at 16:30 local time (GMT+13) on Saturday, 5 November. It will be the second time the South African referees this fixture, having overseen England’s 49-12 victory over Canada in November 2017.

RWC 2017 final referee Neville will then officiate the second semi-final of the day when New Zealand face France, in what will be their fourth meeting in a Rugby World Cup semi-final having met at this stage in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Neville has taken charge of this fixture on two previous occasions, both of them victories for France in 2018 and 2019.


The two teams emerging victorious will meet in the RWC 2021 final at Eden Park on Saturday, 12 November at 19:30 local time, with the bronze final to take place earlier that day at 16:30.

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