Kiwi to take charge of England v Australia

Kiwi referee Henry Perenara will take charge of the World Cup opener between England and Australia.

World Cup organisers have confirmed the appointments of the match officials for all of the group games, chosen by its Match Officials Appointments Panel, which consists of chairman David Waite, Daniel Anderson and Stuart Cummings.

The referee for England‘s game against Ireland will be Thierry Alibert, while Australian Ben Cummins will take charge of England and Fiji.

Alibert and Jose Pereira are the two French representatives, with Jamal Thompson joining Perenara from New Zealand.

Australia are represented by Cummins, Grant Atkins, Shayne Hayne and former Super League referee Ashley Klein.

A total of 14 England-based officials are named, and the referee, touch judges and video referee have all been announced as below.

 
 
 
Referee
Touch Judges
Video Ref

Australia  
v
England
H Perenara
G Atkins & R Hicks
B Thaler

Wales  
v
Italy
A Klein
J Thomson & J Periera
S Hayne

Papua New Guinea
v
France  
B Cummins
J Child & C Sharrad
P Bentham

New Zealand
v
Samoa  
R Silverwood
T Roby & J Cobb
T Alibert

Fiji  
v
Ireland
P Bentham
M Craven & T Martin
H Perenara

Tonga
v
Scotland
S Hayne
W Turley & M Thomason
A Klein

USA
v
Cook Islands
B Thaler
G Stokes & C Leatherbarrow
R Silverwood

New Zealand
v
France  
P Bentham
G Atkins & R Hicks
S Hayne

England  
v
Ireland
T Alibert
J Thomson & J Periera  
H Perenara

Australia
v
Fiji  
R Silverwood
J Child & T Roby
B Thaler

Wales
v
USA  
B Cummins
C Sharrad & J Cobb
P Bentham

Scotland  
v
Italy 
H Perenara
M Craven & T Martin
T Alibert

Papua New Guinea
v
Samoa
S Hayne
G Stokes & C Leatherbarrow
A Klein

Tonga
v
Cook Islands
A Klein
W Turley & M Thomason
R Silverwood

Scotland  
v
USA  
T Alibert
J Child & T Roby
H Perenara

New Zealand
v
Papua New Guinea
A Klein
J Periera & R Hicks
R Silverwood

England  
v
Fiji  
B Cummins
J Thomson & G Atkins
S Hayne

Australia
v
Ireland
P Bentham
J Cobb & G Stokes
T Alibert

Wales
v
Cook Islands
R Silverwood
C Leatherbarrow & W Turley
A Klein

Tonga
v
Italy
B Thaler
C Sharrad & T Roby
P Bentham

France
v
Samoa
H Perenara
R Hicks &  J Child
S Hayne

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