Six Nations
IRB confirm refs for Six Nations
ESPNscrum Staff
December 2, 2010
Referee Alain Rolland signals towards the touchline, Scotland v Wales, Six Nations, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 8, 2009
Ireland's Alain Rolland is one of the most experienced referees in the game today © Getty Images
Related Links
Tournaments/Tours: Six Nations

Ireland's Alain Rolland will take charge of the opening game in next year's Six Nations, the meeting between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, February 4.

The International Rugby Board announced the Match Official appointments for the 2011 Championship on Thursday and the most notable selection is that of Steve Walsh, who will take charge of England's clash with France at Twickenham on February 26 after being overlooked for the past two tournaments.

IRB Match Official Selection Committee Chairman David Pickering explained that the referees had been chosen after a meticulous review of the performances of all officials during the November Tests.

"We are beginning the countdown towards Rugby World Cup 2011 and a streamlined panel of 10 top referees who will officiate at the tournament," Pickering said.

"However, there are still 10 months to go until the showcase tournament kicks off and there is plenty of time for places to be secured. We have worked hard on consistency across the board and referees and coaches have universally bought into the strict application of five key areas of Law.

"Collectively we are focused on further promoting consistency across all areas of officiating to ensure that those selected for Rugby World Cup 2011 are the best and that they will be in peak physical and performance condition for what promises to be a special tournament."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.