ENGLAND heads to Scotland for their opening Six Nations match.
Eddie Jones ‘the faction is seeking revenge a shock 11-6 defeat to Twickenham last year.
And the man tasked with handling the proceedings is New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe.
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Who is Ben O’Keeffe?
Ben O’Keeffe was born in Auckland, but grew up on New Zealand’s South Island in Blenheim.
He was the senior at his high school and had a successful career outside of rugby.
O’Keeffe holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Otago, graduating in 2012.
He practices as an ophthalmologist and co-founded a social enterprise called oDocs Eye Care which aims to create medical technology to help prevent blindness.
O’Keeffe started refereeing in 2008 at the age of 19 and made his Super Rugby debut in 2015.
He has been an international referee since 2016 and actually made his debut in Scotland’s match against Argentina.
But his coronation record as an official is being selected for arbitration Second British Lion and Irish Lion Test in South Africa.
Ben O’Keeffe comes from a successful sports family, with his older brother Michael being on the New Zealand football team that competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
Which Scotland vs England match did Ben O’Keeffe referee?
Ben O’Keeffe has refereed a number of Scotland matches and is widely praised for his handling of them.
This includes 28-21 defeat to Japan at their 2019 Rugby World Cup deciders and their victories in Italy at the Six Nations 2020.
However, his history with England is more verifiable and he was previously labeled a ‘fraud’ by Eddie Jones.
O’Keeffe ignited Jones’ fury when he presided over England’s win over Wales in 2020.
The Red Rose won 33-30 but Eddie Jones was furious after they finished the game with 13 players, after Manu Tuilagi was sent off the field and Ellis Genge was sent to the sin bin.
“In the end it’s 13 versus 16,” Jones said.
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