Luke Pearce will ref the 100th Test between the Springboks and All Blacks in Townsville on 25 September. World Rugby on Thursday affirmed the match official arrangements for the rest of the 2021 Rugby Championship, which will be facilitated by Australia.
The Springboks will play the Wallabies twice – on 12 September in Gold Coast and 18 September in Brisbane – prior to completing their mission with two Tests against the All Blacks (Townsville on 25 September and Gold Coast on 2 October.).
All Blacks vs Boks Rugby 100th Test Game
The game is set to be played on September 25 in Townsville
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The countdown to the 100th All Blacks v @Springboks Test is ON!
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 17, 2021
Pearce will assume liability for the 100th Test between the old opponents in Townsville. He will be helped by South Africa’s Jaco Peyper and Australia’s Angus Gardner, while Damon Murphy (Australia) will be the TV match official (TMO).
Pearce will likewise be accountable for the Springboks’ first match against Australia, while another Englishman, Matthew Carley, will deal with the second Test against the Wallabies.
South Africa’s last Test against the All Blacks will likewise be refereed via Carley. The Test on 25 September in Townsville takes on extra significance as the 100th Test played between the All Blacks and South Africa.
Ian Foster has led the All Blacks back to the top of the world rugby rankings but his focus is firmly on winning this week’s milestone 100th Test against traditional rivals South Africa to clinch the Rugby Championship title.
The All Blacks supplanted the world champion Springboks as No.1 with their 36-13 win over Argentina in Brisbane hours after the South Africans had slipped to a second successive loss against the Wallabies.
The two nations will go head-to-head on Saturday in Townsville in their first of back- to-back Tests that wind up their Rugby Championship campaigns.
Having already dispatched the Wallabies and Argentina in style to boast a maximum 24 points while also rotating players, the unbeaten All Blacks can clinch the southern hemisphere crown with a game to spare unless Jacques Nienaber’s Springboks can secure a bonus-point win.
A late try from Tupou Vaa’i under the sticks helps the All Blacks streak away for yet another victory.
The final scoreline is New Zealand 36, Argentina 13.
After South Africa’s earlier loss to the Wallabies, New Zealand are now the No.1 ranked team in the world. That will be confirmed in coming days.
However, that could all change very quickly. The All Blacks will go head-to-head with the Springboks in seven days’ time in Townsville. That will be must-watch viewing.