Walsh drops out of Wales-Ireland

Date published: March 5 2015

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World Rugby has announced that England’s Wayne Barnes will take charge of the upcoming Wales v Ireland match in the Six Nations.

Barnes replaces Australia referee Steve Walsh, who has withdrawn due to business commitments.

Barnes had been appointed as assistant referee for the Italy v France match in Rome on the same day and will now be replaced in that role by Nigel Owens of Wales. 

In a further change, New Zealand match official Chris Pollock will not now be assistant referee for the Wales v Ireland game and will be replaced by Jérôme Garcès of France. 

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