Jerome Garces

Overall Rating: 3.4

Country: France, Pau

Date Of Birth: Oct 24, 1973

Jerome Garces (born 24 October 1973 in Pau) is a French rugby union referee who regularly officiates high profile club matches in tournaments such as Pro 12, Top 14 and the Heineken Cup. In 2010 he made his first International Rugby Union appearance after bowing out of the Junior World Championship is Japan. His debut was between England and Barabarians in the 2010 mid-year tests. During the 2010 end of year rugby tests he was touch judge for the Ireland v Samoa match which was one of his high profile matches of the year. Garces was also touch judge in the annual Calcutta Cup match between Scotland and England. But in the 58th minute he became match referee, after the original referee (Romain Poite) was injured during play. In April 2011, Garces was named as an assistant referee for the 2011 Rugby World Cup,[1] and served as touch judge for four matches: Ireland v Russia, Fiji v Namibia, Samoa v Namibia and Wales v Namibia. Garces suffered minor controversy over the actions he took when awarding a penalty during a scrum between Saracens and Ospreys. But soon after he was back on the international stage taking charge of the England v Italy match in the 2012 Six Nations Championship. He has also refereed many matches between British and Irish lions and several Australian club teams.

Kaplan’s Comments – The RBS Six Nations 2016 Round 1

The result of the opening match of the RBS 6 nations wasn’t that much of a surprise, but France really laboured to put away a determined Italian team on home soil. Ultimately, there wasn’t much in it and if anything, Italy may have shaded the game. I thought JP Doyle delivered an assured performance where […]

February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – The RWC Semi-Finals

The semi-finals are done and dusted, and the two best teams in the world will contest the Final of the RWC. Both teams appeared to me to be deserving winners of their respective test matches, and the Final could be a classic. It is the first time since 1995 that two Southern Hemisphere teams will […]

October 26, 2015 | 7 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – Joubert and World Rugby

We held a little poll to see how many people agreed with Craig Jouberts decision at the end of the Scotland v Australia match, which ended in such controversy last Sunday. Even after World Rugby came out with their official version of events (I’m not convinced that the ball is actually knocked on by either […]

October 24, 2015 | 5 Comments.

Garcès and Barnes to ref semi-finals

The match officials have been confirmed for the semi-final stage of Rugby World Cup 2015 this weekend with Jérôme Garcès and Wayne Barnes selected as referees. The first semi-final will take place at Twickenham between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday (kick-off 16:00) with France’s Garcès in the middle. He will be joined on […]

October 19, 2015 | 4 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby World Cup Quarter-finals 2015

The quarterfinals of the RWC were great spectacles for the rugby nuts around the world, for a variety of reasons. The first, between SA and Wales was an incredibly tough test match. It won’t go down as a classic of the modern era, but it was tense, it was tactical, and the margin in the […]


World Cup quarter-final referees named

The match officials have been confirmed for the quarter-final stage of Rugby World Cup 2015 this weekend with Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens, Jérôme Garcès and Craig Joubert all receiving appointments as referees. England’s Barnes will take charge of the first match on Saturday between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham (kick-off 16:00) and will be […]

October 14, 2015 | 2 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – RWC delivers its first hammer blow

Lots to discuss this week as RWC delivered its first hammer blow First I want to complement the organisation and attention to detail in the first game I watched between Canada and France. Played at Milton Keynes, it was my first experience of this RWC and it really was a fantastic occasion. The stadium was […]

October 6, 2015 | 4 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – Return of the Boks

So, despite all the hullabaloo, South Africa beat Samoa quite convincingly. We should not really have put ourselves in a must-win situation in the first place and hence the apprehension, but the reality is that Samoa has never beaten us before and it would have taken a huge effort by Manu Samoa to turn that […]

September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments.

Wales late comeback stuns England

A resounding comeback from Wales helped them secure a 28-25 win over Rugby World Cup hosts England at Twickenham on Saturday. Gareth Davies’ spectacular try for Wales with ten minutes to go flipped the contest on its head after they had trailed for over 40 minutes. A kicking contest under high pressure was always expected […]

September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – World Rugby and TMO’s

Firstly I thought it would apt if I sent a big shout out to UCT for winning the so-called World Varsity Rugby Championships. Coach Kevin Musikanth took a young but experienced team over and beat Trinity College of Ireland in the Final (17-0) . It’s a great tribute to the club that they have been […]