How each match will be refereed

Referee Jaco Peyper shows Angus Ta’avao of New Zealand, not pictured, a red card during the Steinlager Series match between New Zealand and Ireland at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand – Brendan Moran / Sportsfile via Getty Images

The Autumn Internationals are upon us and, in anticipation of a month of sparkling rugby, Telegraph Sport has compiled the definitive guide to referees for November, using data from Opta.

It is important to note, however, that the statistics mentioned for each official are only a guide, not a gospel. Referee decisions are influenced by many external factors, such as teams and match conditions. It is not as simple as saying that referee X gave more scrum penalties than referee Y last season and, therefore, referee X rewards an efficient scrum more than referee Y. For example, the referee who has handed the most yellow cards he may simply have been unlucky to have been nominated more regularly for matches where sin worthy offenses occurred.

It is also worth noting that the Northern Hemisphere referees have refereed more matches than their Southern Hemisphere counterparts in their respective national leagues last season.

With all of that in mind, allow Telegraph Sport to guide you through the roster of officials viewers will see on their screens this fall.

Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)

Fixtures: Ireland v South Africa

Test match to date: 11

The Georgian, who refereed last weekend’s New Zealand-Japan match – ejecting Brodie Retallick – is a fan of scrum rewards. None of the referees in this guide, in their respective national leagues last season, supervised more scrums won by the attacking team. Amashukeli also blew the lowest number of break-up penalties last season. He likes the flow.

Luke Pearce (England)

Rugby Union - International - Scotland v Australia - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain - 29 October 2022 Referee Luke Pearce looks to the big screen as a decision is reviewed - Action Images via Reuters / Craig Brough

Rugby Union – International – Scotland v Australia – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain – 29 October 2022 Referee Luke Pearce looks to the big screen as a decision is reviewed – Action Images via Reuters / Craig Brough

Fixtures: Scotland v Australia

Test match to date: 45

Pearce has established himself as one of the top officials in the game, but also the greatest, in his words, “makes mistakes”. Last weekend, as Australia sneaked into victory in Scotland, Pearce sinned Hunter Paisami before being warned by his TMO that the yellow card was too heavy a punishment and therefore Pearce overturned his decision. Last season, in the Premiership, Pearce was much more likely to penalize defenders than attack, and last season he had the fewest scrums reset of any Autumn Nations Series referee in their respective national leagues.

Matthew Carley (England)

Fixtures: Wales v Australia

Test match to date: 29

Carley is well known to Premiership fans, his willingness to whistle ensures that. Last season, of all the referees on this list, Carley awarded more penalties per game in their respective leagues on average – mainly the ruck – and the Englishman is also the fastest in pocketing, brandishing more yellow cards than any of his. Autumn Nations Colleagues of series.

Nic Berry (Australia)

Fixtures: England v New Zealand

Test match to date: 25

With the sordid episode of Rassie Erasmus now a thing of the past, Berry can now get back to doing his job. And he has a nice task at Twickenham: England v New Zealand for the first time since the Rugby World Cup semi-final in 2019. While the ball is in play, expect a fast pace: Berry had a fast average ruck speed compared to the other referees last season.

Christophe Ridley (England)

Fixtures: Italy-Samoa

Test match to date: 4

One of the new lads on the block, Ridley will referee only his fifth test when Italy faces Samoa later this month. In what appears to be a pattern among English referees, Ridley favors the attacking team: he averaged the highest ranking last season for penalties taken by defenders. He also gave the most melee penalties, but his ruck speed was always fast.

Wayne Barnes (England)

Wayne Barnes, the referee gives instructions during the Gallagher Premiership rugby match between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stoop on April 23, 2022 in London, England - David Rogers / Getty Images

Wayne Barnes, the referee gives instructions during the Gallagher Premiership rugby match between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stoop on April 23, 2022 in London, England – David Rogers / Getty Images

Fixtures: Wales v New Zealand, France v South Africa

Test match to date: 99

If Ridley is the new British guy on the block, Barnes is the opposite. Wales-New Zealand this weekend will be his 100th test match, a good result. Barnes has officiated more domestic matches than anyone else in this guide last season – 30, untested, alone – and is a tremendously composed official. Of all the referees in this guide, Barnes barely records top or bottom in any metric, except for the average percentage of rucks taking less than three seconds, for which he is last along with fellow countrymen Pearce and Ridley . Aside from that, it is a coherence paradigm.

Angus Gardner (Australia)

Schedule: England-South Africa

Test match to date: 33

Last season, nationwide, Gardner was the least willing of the entire Autumn Nations Series referee cabal to penalize the attacking team. His ruck speed was constant, there were few scrums cleared and he penalized offside on average more than any other official on this list. England and the Springboks, for your date in Twickenham, be careful.

Andrew Brace (Ireland)

Schedule: England-Argentina, France-Japan

Test match to date: 21

Brace will be in the spotlight earlier this fall as the Pumas’ visit to Twickenham whistles on Sunday. What could prove problematic, however, with two menacing packs ready to work hammer and pincer, is that last season, nationwide, Brace oversaw more recovery scrums on average than any officer on this list. But he doesn’t allow breakdown jokes, his ruck speeds are high, and he won’t be triggered in a card.

Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)

Fixtures: Wales v Argentina, Ireland v Australia

Test match to date: 32

A qualified eye doctor – fittingly – O’Keefe took charge of England’s defeat in last season’s Calcutta Cup. Like Barnes, however, his style is tempered. The Kiwi official does not finish either top or bottom in any of his peer metrics on this list; a real constant Eddy. He has a keen eye for offside, however, and last season he scored an average of yellow cards per game.

Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)

Schedule: Italy-Australia

Test match to date: 8

Just like with his compatriot O’Keeffe, Pickerill doesn’t stand out on this list. The Kiwi averaged the fewest penalties in tackling and maul last season but was offside. Aside from that, his games last season contained consistent ruck speed and weren’t even marked by scrum resets.

Karl Dickson (England)

Referee Karl Dickson watches video replay during the Gallagher Premiership rugby match between Worcester Warriors and Wasps at Sixways Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Worcester, UK - Tony Marshall / Getty Images

Referee Karl Dickson watches video replay during the Gallagher Premiership rugby match between Worcester Warriors and Wasps at Sixways Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Worcester, UK – Tony Marshall / Getty Images

Fixtures: Scotland-Argentina

Test match to date: 9

Dickson is well known to Premiership viewers, having refereed 28 games in the domestic league last season and, curiously, as a former scrum half, it is in the scrum that his impact is most notable. No referee oversaw more defensive scrum wins than Dickson last season, and he’s also in first place on scrum penalties.

Mike Adamson (Scotland)

Calendar: Italy-South Africa

Test match to date: 14

The Scotsman is at a disadvantage with Doleman and Barnes in terms of the average number of times he was booed last season, which is good. Adamson isn’t afraid of a tackle or an offside penalty, but his scrum recovery rate was high last season. He also gave the lowest number of yellow cards on average last season.

Andrea Piardi (Italy)

Fixtures: Wales-Georgia

Test match to date: 9

Piardi likes a penalty; only Carley and Amashukeli whistled more on average last season. The Italian is not afraid to penalize the striker as well, and his second place in the standings on yellow cards proves that he is not wrong, even though he was one of only three referees not to brandish a red card.

Frank Murphy (Ireland)

Fixtures: Scotland v New Zealand

Test match to date: 9

Murphy did not prefer to reward defending teams during last season’s slump: no referee on this list, nationwide, has given fewer penalties on average in this regard than the Irishman. His scrum reset average was pretty high last season, but his ruck speed is solid.

James Doleman (New Zealand)

Calendar: England-Japan

Test match to date: 5

With Doleman, any team knows what they’re getting. He averaged the fewest penalties of any referee on this list last season, scored the fewest yellow cards and had the lowest percentage of rucks that lasted more than six seconds. With all this, the kiwi is refereeing Japan’s visit to Twickenham. Buckle up, everyone!

Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Calendar: France-Australia, Ireland-Fiji

Test match to date: 54

Curiously, at the national level, no referee awarded fewer free kicks on average last season than Peyper. He too is only one of three referees – along with Piardi and Pickerill – who did not show a red card. Peyper also favors the offensive side and his ruck speed is exemplary; so his low scrum count also goes to zero.

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