With the high profile quarter-final matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup less than a fortnight away, EPCR, in conjunction with one of its Official Partners, Turkish Airlines, has completed the list of contenders for the 2017 European Player of the Year award.
The referee appointments for what promises to be a high-powered series of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches were announced today following the meeting of a selection committee chaired by Joel Jutge, EPCR's head of match officials.
Munster Rugby and the IRFU can confirm that Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell, Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams and Darren Sweetnam have all signed contract extensions, while Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart will join the province next season.
Pat Lam has primed his troops for 'the biggest game in Connacht's history' as they attempt to reach their first ever Champions Cup quarter-final. They must either win at Toulouse or at least ensure that the result sees them finishing ahead of the Frenchmen in the final pool table.
Ulster slumped to their fourth Champions Cup defeat of the season, a result which consigns them to the bottom of Pool 5, as visitors Bordeaux Bègles made the most of their scoring opportunities to win 26-22 at Kingspan Stadium.
Centre Stuart McCloskey was one of the few Ulster players to impress during their round 6 loss to Bordeaux Bègles
Looking to sew up home advantage in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, Munster will be on their guard against a Racing side that rebounded very well with a 34-3 hammering of Leicester Tigers last weekend.
With only three defeats in their last 25 European outings in Belfast, Ulster are hoping to continue their proud home record and kick-start their season ahead of a crucial block of GUINNESS PRO12 games.