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)
Ireland international Iain Henderson will start at lock for Ulster for the first time this season, following his appearance in the back row last weekend. He will combine with fellow Ireland international Dan Tuohy in the second row for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby encounter with Leinster at the RDS (kick-off 7.35pm).
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.