The referee appointments for Round #16 of the 2019 Super Rugby season are now confirmed.

The seven-match Round 16 kicks-off in Auckland where Mike Fraser will be in charge of the Blues versus Bulls clash which is a must-win for the home team. The same evening Paul Williams [pictured] will referee the Australian derby between the Rebels and Waratahs with defeat for the visitors shutting the door on their Finals aspirations.

There are five matches on Saturday with proceedings starting once again in Tokyo where the Sunwolves face the Brumbies who will be keen to maintain their top position in the Australian Conference.  Federico Anselmi will be in charge, while Kiwi referee Ben O'Keeffe has the whistle for the NZ Conference derby between the Chiefs and Crusaders in Suva, Fiji. In Brisbane, the Reds play the Jaguares, the leaders of the South African Conference, who are looking for their third win on the road. The experienced Jaco Peyper is the referee.

The weekend closes with two crucial matches in Africa. The Sharks host the Hurricanes, both second in their respective Conferences, in Durban where Australian Nic Berry in Charge. The final match sees an all South African clash between the Lions and Stormers who sit fourth and fifth respectively in the conference with much to play for, especially as only six points separate first from fifth in the Conference. The referee is Marius van der Westhuizen.

Match  Blues v Bulls @ Eden Park, Hamilton
Date  Friday 31 May
Kick-off  19:35 local
Referee  Mike Fraser
AR1  Brendon Pickerill
AR2  Dan Waenga
TMO  Ben Skeen


Match  Rebels v Waratahs @ AAMI Park, Melbourne
Date  Friday 31 May
Kick-off  19:45 local
Referee  Paul Williams
AR1  Egon Seconds
AR2  Jaco Peyper
TMO  James Leckie


Match  Sunwolves v Brumbies @ Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo
Date  Saturday 1 June
Kick-off  14:15 local
Referee  Federico Anselmi
AR1  Nick Briant
AR2  Shuhei Kubo
TMO  Minoru Fuji


Match  Chiefs v Crusaders @ FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Date  Saturday 1 June
Kick-off  19:35 local
Referee  Ben O'Keeffe
AR1  Glen Jackson
AR2  James Munro
TMO  Shane McDermott


Match  Reds v Jaguares @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Date  Saturday 1 June
Kick-off  19:45 local
Referee  Jaco Peyper
AR1  Egon Seconds
AR2  Paul Williams
TMO  James Leckie


Match  Sharks v Hurricanes @ Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Date  Saturday 1 June
Kick-off  15:05 local
Referee  Nic Berry 
AR1  AJ Jacobs
AR2  Divan Uys
TMO  Willie Vos


Match  Lions v Stormers @ Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg
Date  Saturday 1 June
Kick-off  17:15 local
Referee  Marius van der Westhuizen
AR1  Cwengile Jadezweni
AR2  Stefan Geldenhuys
TMO  Marius Jonker


Bye: Highlanders