Wayne Barnes

Barnes to take charge of All Blacks-Springboks final

Barnes will have compatriots Karl Dickson and Matthew Carley as his assistant referees, with Tom Foley named as the Television Match Official.

Barnes, 44, who made his debut when Fiji played Samoa in Suva in 2006, will become the second Englishman to officiate a World Cup final after Ed Morrison, who was in charge when New Zealand and South Africa last met in the title decider in 1995.

French lock fined for criticising Wayne Barnes

Maestri commented on Barnes' officiating following the controversial match that ran for almost 100 minutes.

France won the game after scoring a converted try that put the score at 20-18 but Maestri believed his side should've been awarded a penalty try before it during scrum time.

"He (Barnes) told us we were not dominant enough," Maestri said.

"Anglo-Saxon referees always talk about fair play but the reality is that they think we're cheats. When you are repeatedly crushed in a five-metre scrum, you concede defeat.