17 Oct 2011

Joubert to take control of final

11:27 am on 17 October 2011

The South African referee Craig Joubert will take charge of his first Rugby World Cup Final after the International Rugby Board announced that he has been appointed to the New Zealand versus France final at Eden Park next Sunday.

Joubert, who took charge of the New Zealand-Australia semi-final last night, becomes only the second South African to take charge of Rugby's showcase match following two-time Final Referee Andre Watson.

Joubert will be joined by Rugby World Cup 2007 Final referee Alain Rolland (Ireland) and Nigel Owens (Wales) as Assistant Referees and Guilio de Santis (Italy) as Television Match Official in a highly-experienced match official team.

Rolland is the reserve referee.

Meanwhile, Wayne Barnes will take charge of the Bronze Final between Australia and Wales at Eden Park on Friday night.