Top referee Nigel Owens from Wales has been appointed to take charge of this year's RaboDirect PRO12 final between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors. It will be his 111th league game and second final following the 2011 decider (Munster v Ospreys).
Nigel Owens has plenty of big match experience having taken charge of three Heineken Cup and two Amlin Challenge Cup finals in the past, along with 13 Six Nations matches and eight Tri Nations (Rugby Championship) games as well as being named in the IRB panel for two Rugby World Cups (2007 and 2011).
The match officials appointed for the RaboDirect PRO12 final between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday, May 31 (kick-off 6.15pm) are as follows:
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Leighton Hodges, Ian Davies (both Wales)
Television Match Official: Derek Bevan (Wales)
Citing Commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (Italy)
Ulster outplayed Leinster to set up a grandstand finish to the GUINNESS PRO12's regular season, strengthening their grip on fourth place where only the Scarlets can usurp them should Les Kiss' men fail to win next week at the Ospreys.
A cracking last-minute penalty from Benetton Treviso's Jayden Hayward denied Connacht in Italy tonight, but the losing bonus point in the 22-21 defeat was enough to secure a prized GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final berth for Pat Lam's men.