Last-Minute Referee Change for Springboks vs. England Rugby World Cup Semi-Final Sparks Controversy

Date: October 21, 2023

In a surprising turn of events, World Rugby has announced a late change to the match officials for the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup semi-final clash between South Africa’s Springboks and England(Springboks vs. England}. The match, scheduled for Saturday, October 21, has been met with controversy due to the unexpected alteration.

Springboks vs. England Rugby World Cup Semi-Final Sparks Controversy

Less than 24 hours before kick-off, it was confirmed that France’s Mathieu Raynal would replace Ireland’s Andrew Brace as one of the assistant referees. Brace reportedly suffered a calf injury, forcing him to withdraw from the important fixture. This sudden change has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions among fans and pundits alike.

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Taking charge as the referee for this crucial encounter will be New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe. Assisting him will be Paul Williams from New Zealand as the second assistant referee, with Brendon Pickerill, also from New Zealand, in the TMO booth. Despite the referee change, the match is set to kick off at 21:00 SA time at the iconic Stade de France in Paris.

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The winner of this semi-final showdown will earn the opportunity to face the formidable All Blacks in the final, scheduled for Saturday, October 28. Meanwhile, the losing team will battle it out against Argentina in the bronze final on Friday, October 27. Both of these matches will also commence at 21:00 SA time.

Fans and rugby enthusiasts around the world are eagerly awaiting this thrilling clash between two rugby powerhouses. The late change in match officials has only added to the excitement and speculation surrounding this highly anticipated semi-final encounter. Stay tuned for what promises to be an intense and unforgettable battle on the rugby field.

Note: All times mentioned are based on South African time.

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