3 Dec 2010

Steve Walsh back for Six Nations

7:20 am on 3 December 2010

The New Zealand rugby referee Steve Walsh will take charge of his first Six Nations match since 2008 when he referees the England-France encounter at Twickenham on February 26.

Ten referees have been selected for the 15 Championship matches, which will be played between February 4 and March 19.

With Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand less than 10 months away the appointments will give the world's top referees a further chance to cement their place in the IRB Panel.

Ireland's Alain Rolland, who refereed the Rugby World Cup 2007 final, will take charge of the opening match of the Championship on February 4 when Wales face England in the only Friday night match.