Wayne Barnes will take charge of his seventh Wales-Ireland Six Nations game as the officials for the 2021 competition have been confirmed.

The experienced English referee has overseen six Ireland-Wales games since 2008, with Ireland winning two of those encounters - the Grand Slam game of 2009 and the 26-3 victory in Lansdowne Road in 2014. 

Barnes will again preside over the fixture, as Ireland open their 2021 Six Nations campaign in Cardiff on 7 February. 

Another English whistler, Luke Pearce, will take charge of Ireland's second game, at home to France on 14 February.

France's Mathieu Raynal will ref two of Ireland's games in 2021, presiding over the Italy game in Rome on 27 February and the campaign finale at home to defending champions England on 20 March.

Another Frenchman, the well-known Roman Poite, will officiate at Ireland's penultimate game against Scotland on 14 March. 

Elsewhere, the 2021 campaign will see a Scottish referee take charge of a Six Nations game for the first time in 19 years as Mike Adamson has been handed the whistle for the Round 2 fixture between England and Italy in Twickenham. 

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