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New Zealand Referees to play key role at Rugby World Cup

James Doleman will join them as an assistant referee, while Brendon Pickerill will be a Television Match Official.

Features of the appointments are: Nika Amashukeli becoming the first Georgian to referee at a World Cup, while Ireland's Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate in her role as a TMO.

England referee Wayne Barnes, who has controlled a world record 102 Tests, will officiate in his fifth World Cup.

The list is as follows:

Referees: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia), Wayne Barnes (England), Nic Berry (Australia), Andrew Brace (Ireland), Matthew Carley (England), Karl Dickson (England), Angus Gardner (Australia), Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Luke Pearce (England), Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Mathieu Raynal (France), Paul Williams (New Zealand).

Assistant referees: Chris Busby (Ireland), Pierre Brousset (France), James Doleman (New Zealand), Craig Evans (Wales), Andrea Piardi (Italy), Christophe Ridley (England), Jordan Way (Australia).

Television Match Officials: Brett Cronan (Australia), Tom Foley (England), Marius Jonker (South Africa), Brian MacNeice (Ireland), Joy Neville (Ireland), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Ben Whitehouse (Wales).