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Brace set to take charge of Autumn Nations Cup decider

Brace set to take charge of Autumn Nations Cup decider

Brace set to take charge of Autumn Nations Cup decider

Ireland’s Andrew Brace will be the man in charge as England and France do battle for the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup title on Finals Weekend.

Both sides will be eager to be the first country to get their hands on the silverware, and with neither team having been defeated in this year’s competition, Sunday’s showdown is set to be some spectacle.

Eddie Jones’ side have justified their Guinness Six Nations title with a trio of dominant performances in Group A, despatching of Georgia, Ireland and Wales, while France have dazzled in both their victories against Scotland and Italy.

In what is sure to be a full-frontal affair at Twickenham, Brace will be assisted by compatriot Frank Murphy as well as the Welsh duo of Craig Evans and Ben Whitehouse, with the latter making the decisions upstairs.

The weekend’s action will get underway on Saturday lunchtime, with Fiji set to go head to head with Georgia at BT Murrayfield in the 7th/8th placed playoff, with Vern Cotter’s side playing their long-awaited first match of the competition.

Scottish referee Mike Adamson will take the reins in Edinburgh, as the Lelos look to avoid defeat for the fourth time on the spin, with Italian Andrea Piardi on one side of the pitch, and fellow Scot Sam Grove-White on the other, with Brian MacNeice of Ireland the TMO.

Later in the day, Ireland and Scotland will do battle at the Aviva Stadium in the battle for third and fourth, with Englishman Matthew Carley the man calling the shots in that one.

The hosts have won each of the last four meetings between the two sides, including a 19-12 victory in the Guinness Six Nations earlier in the year, and will be looking to build on Sunday’s 23-10 victory over Georgia.

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Carley will be able to call on the assistance of experienced French official Romain Poite on the line in Dublin, while fellow Englishman Karl Dickson will be the man with the flag on the other side, with Welshman Dan Jones studying the tapes.

The final part of Saturday’s triple-header will be at Parc y Scarlets, as Wales host Italy with both sides looking to end a troublesome year on a high.

Wayne Pivac’s side have enjoyed just two victories in the whole of 2020, with one of those successes being a 42-0 victory over this weekend’s opponents.

Wayne Barnes will be the man with the whistle in Wales, with Luke Pearce and Alex Ruiz running the line, and Pascal Gauzere available for video assistance when called upon.

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