Ben O'Keeffe will have the whistle in the Springboks' opening test under Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

JOHANNESBURG – New Zealand referee Ben O'Keeffe will take charge of the rugby international between South Africa and England at Ellis Park, in Johannesburg, on Saturday.

O'Keefe will be assisted by Frenchman Romain Poite and another New Zealander in Glen Jackson. Ireland's Simon McDowell will perform the Television Match Official (TMO) duties. 

Elsewhere, SA's Marius van der Westhuizen will officiate the match between Australia and Ireland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

In San Juan, Argentina, in the contest between Argentina and Wales, SA's Jaco Peyper will be one of the assistant referees. Countryman Maruis Jonker will be the TMO.

Saturday's Test offiicals are:

South Africa vs England at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Australia vs Ireland at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

New Zealand vs France at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

Argentina vs Wales in San Juan, Argentina

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Japan vs Italy in Oita, Japan

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England),

Canada vs Scotland at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Derek Summers (USA)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

USA vs Russia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado, USA

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)

Tonga vs Georgia at ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia),

Fiji vs Samoa at ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Jordan Way (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia) 

African News Agency (ANA)

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