10 Dec, 10:30
The IRFU and Munster are pleased to announce that Conor Murray has signed a new two year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2016.
That game will be played at the 36,000 capacity Le Stadium in the centre of Toulouse where Rolland made his debut in the tournament as a referee in 2000 when the home town team met Saracens in a Pool match.
It will be Rolland's first game in the knock-out phase of the Heineken Cup after 12 Pool games in almost four years. Toulouse and Edinburgh took the top two places in their Pool after beating each other in their home matches, but the champions took top spot in the end to set up an intriguing decider in what will be Edinburgh's first show in the last eight.
The other Saturday fixture will be at a packed Thomond Park in Limerick, when two-times finalists Munster have home advantage over the French champions Stade Francais Paris (kick-off 5.00pm local time). Welsh referee Nigel Williams will find himself in charge of Munster at the quarter-final stage for the second season in a row having made his debut in the knock-out phase in last season's showdown at Welford Road in the last eight between Leicester Tigers and the Irishmen.
Munster won that game and there was another away win in Williams' other knock-out game last season when Perpignan triumphed at Lansdowne Road over Leinster Lions. It will be Williams' 19th Heineken Cup assignment.
England's World Cup semi-final referee Chris White will take his Heineken Cup tally to 26 matches when he takes charge of the first Heineken Cup quarter-final of the 2003/04 knock-out phase.
Only Irish international referee Dave McHugh has controlled more Heineken Cup ties in the tournament's nine-year history, with 29.
White will help kick-off the run-in to the ninth Heineken Cup title when he controls the sell-out match between Wales' sole representatives in the last eight, Llanelli Scarlets, and last season's beaten quarter-finalists, Biarritz Olympique, at Stradey Park on Friday, 9th April (kick-off 7.45pm local time).
The final Heineken Cup quarter-final, the all English affair between London Wasps and Gloucester at The Causeway Stadium , High Wycombe on Sunday, 11th April (kick-off 3.00pm local time) will be controlled by leading French official Joel Jutge.
A veteran of 22 Heineken Cup ties, he was in charge of the 2002 final between Leicester Tigers and Munster at the Millennium Stadium and was also in the middle when Gloucester beat Cardiff in the 2001 quarter-final. It will be his fourth fixture in the knock-out phase of the tournament.
Heineken Cup Quarter-Final Referee Appointments. (All kick-off times are local times). Llanelli Scarlets v Biarritz Olympique. Date: Friday, 9th April. Kick-off: 7.45pm. Venue: Stradey Park. Referee: Chris White (England). Television: Sky/Sport +
Toulouse v Edinburgh Rugby. Date: Saturday, 10th April. Kick-off: 4.00pm. Venue: Le Stadium, Toulouse. Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland). Television: FR2/Sky.
Munster v Stade Francais Date: Saturday, 10th April. Kick-off: 5.00pm. Venue: Thomond Park. Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales). RTE/Sky/Sport +
London Wasps v Gloucester. Date: Sunday, 11th April. Date: Kick-off: 3.00pm Venue: The Causeway Stadium. Referee: Joel Jutge (France). Television: Sky/Sport +