The All Blacks will not have controversial figure RomainPoite officiate them at the Rugby Championship after their recent encounters.


They would have another French referee Jerome Garces regulate proceedings when they play their two toughest games at the Championship.

The appointments for each fixture were announced on Tuesday. Garcesofficiated the game against the British and Irish Lions – which ended in a second Test loss. The same man would be in the middle when the All Blacks face away games against the Aussies and the Boks. The games are poised to happen on August 19th and October 7th.

When the All Blacks met the Lions at Westpac stadium in July, it was Garces that sent off Sonny Bill Williams while awarding a match winning penalty late in the game to the Lions to see them win 24-21.

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As France rugby team gears up to play against South Africa, they are undergoing practice matches back at home. This weekend there was a practice match where they played against the Pirates. The Pirates Rugby club was able to play against France and the latter has used it as practice. The Pirates Rugby Club was honored to host the national team for the practice game. The national team is gearing up to play in a three Test series matches against the Springboks.

Of course the Les Chanticleers were able to crush the local club quite easily and players like Jonathan Danty were found to be tackling the ball around. For the Pirates it was a good practice as they got to play against the best team of France. There were sports blogs that cataloged the game, from the warm up session to how Rabah Slimani played for the national team.

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Among the three countries that have placed bids for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023, France has put in a lucrative bid. They had hosted the tournament in years like 1991, 1999 and 2007. The country has several ultra modern stadiums that were given a makeover or renovated for the European football championship held last year.

Hence, these venues would prove ideal for hosting the different games if the bid comes through in their favor. The competing nations are Ireland and South Africa. The latter had failed past bids for holding the Rugby World Cup in 2019, 2015 and 2011.

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France is said to have put in a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 along with countries like Ireland and South Africa. These countries have finished submitting formal bids. The final bid papers have been delivered to World Rugby and the winner of the bids placed will be announced by 15th November.

If you look at France’s history, they hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2007 as well as in years like 1999 and 1997. For South Africa the last tournament that was hosted by them was in 1995. Ireland on the other hand, has never staged the world cup tournament, but had staged international tournaments in the years 1991 and 1999.

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