Who is England vs South Africa Rugby World Cup TMO Ben Skeen and what country is he from? – The Sun

Who is England vs South Africa Rugby World Cup TMO Ben Skeen and what country is he from? – The Sun

November 1, 2019

ENGLAND host South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday and will be hoping luck is on their side.

Although they still beat New Zealand in the semi-finals, Eddie Jones' men had two tries chalked off by television match official – so who is watching the screens in Yokohama?

Who is Ben Skeen?

Ben Skeen is currently 36 – having been born on July 12, 1983.

He will be the TMO for the final between England and South Africa, alongside match referee Jerome Garces.

Skeen replaces Wayne Barnes, after the Englishman became ineligible.

But he has endured a difficult World Cup so far, having almost handed Australia an illegal try in their defeat to England in the quarter-finals.

Skeen claimed that a forward pass was 'not obviously forward, only for match referee Garces to correct him that it was "obviously forward".

He was also scrutinised following the Australia vs Wales match.

As reported by Rugby Pass, former New Zealand coach John Hart said: "Let the referees judge on what they see.

"In the Australia v Wales game, the interference from the TMO was tedious and ridiculous. The referee was losing his control… it was in the hands of the TMO.

"I wouldn't often agree with Michael Cheika but I do think the refs have become spooked because of the publicity and pressure they are under in decision making."

What country is he from?

Skeen was born in Auckland, calling New Zealand his home.

That means he would have been unable to take charge of the television screens int he semi-final between England and the All Blacks.

It would also be his fourth match as TMO involving the Red Rose – although it would have been five had their game against France not been cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.

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