Walsh to referee Croke Park clash
December 1, 2006

New Zealander Steve Walsh will referee the first rugby union Test match to be played at Croke Park in Dublin.

Ireland's temporary home while Lansdowne Road is redeveloped hosts 2007 RBS 6 Nations Championship games against France on February 11 and England just under a fortnight later.

Walsh has been appointed to the France Test, while Frenchman Joel Jutge takes charge of England's visit.

South African official Jonathan Kaplan is the only referee to be awarded two Six Nations games - England versus France at Twickenham, followed by Ireland's clash against Italy in Rome.

Four referees - South African pair Marius Jonker and Craig Joubert, together with England's Wayne Barnes and Welshman Nigel Owens - have gained their first Six Nations appointments.

And the Rugby Football Union have seen four of their officials awarded Six Nations games in the same season, with Tony Spreadbury, Chris White and Dave Pearson also on today's list, which was released by the International Rugby Board.

2007 RBS 6 Nations referee appointments:

February 3, Italy v France (Wayne Barnes, England); England v Scotland (Marius Jonker, South Africa); February 4, Wales v Ireland (Kelvin Deaker, New Zealand).

February 10, England v Italy (Nigel Owens, Wales); Scotland v Wales (Alan Lewis, Ireland); February 11, Ireland v France (Steve Walsh, New Zealand).

February 24, Scotland v Italy (Donal Courtney, Ireland); Ireland v England (Joel Jutge, France); France v Wales (Tony Spreadbury, England).

March 10, Scotland v Ireland (Dave Pearson, England); Italy v Wales (Chris White, England); March 11, England v France (Jonathan Kaplan, South Africa).

March 17, Italy v Ireland (Jonathan Kaplan, South Africa); France v Scotland (Craig Joubert, South Africa); Wales v England (Alain Rolland, Ireland).

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