Rugby World Cup 2019: Nigel Owens confirmed as referee for All Blacks semi-final against England

Nigel Owens will take charge of the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup semi-final clash with England on Saturday.

After controlling New Zealand's quarter-final win over Ireland on Saturday, World Rugby has confirmed the Welsh veteran will again take the whistle in Yokohama.

Owens' assistants will be France's Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzere.

On the other wise of the draw, Frenchman Jerome Garces will take control of Wales v France, alongside New Zealand's Ben O'Keeffe and England's Wayne Barnes.

The selection is based on merit after a review of performances by World Rugby’s match officials selection committee.

The governing body also confirmed that South Africa's Jaco Peyper wasn't considered for selection this weekend, as a result of the controversial image that appeared on social media on Monday.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Nigel Owens confirmed as referee for All Blacks semi-final against England

Peyper was pictured with a group of Welsh fans imitating the violent incident that saw him red card France's Sebastien Vahaamahina in the quarter-final against France on Sunday.

"Peyper recognises that a picture of him with Wales fans, which appeared on social media after the Wales versus France quarter-final, was inappropriate and he has apologised," World Rugby stated on its website.

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