Cape Town - Frenchman Romain Poite will referee Saturday’s Test between Scotland and South Africa in Edinburgh (kick-off 19:20 SA time).
Poite will be assisted by New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe and Ireland’s Franck Murphy, with another Kiwi, Ben Skeen, the television match official (TMO).
Poite is a familiar referee for southern hemisphere teams and
Springbok fans will remember him for controversially sending off hooker
Bismarck du Plessis against the All Blacks in 2013.
copped two yellow cards - and a subsequent red card - for, firstly, a
tackle on All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter and then an elbow-charge against
flank Liam Messam during that year's Rugby Championship clash in
The All Blacks went
on to win the game 29-15 - a result which led to heavy criticism
against the Frenchman, so much so that the International Rugby Board
(IRB) as they were known at the time issued a statement admitting Poite
Poite also made headlines last year
when he controversially changed his mind over a penalty he awarded the
All Blacks late in their drawn Test against the British and Irish Lions
However, the Frenchman has refereed a number of Springbok Tests since the 2013 incident and will be a familiar face for the team.