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)
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.