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Rolland in Charge of Toulouse v Edinburgh Game.

Rolland in Charge of Toulouse v Edinburgh Game.

Irishman Alain Rolland will take charge of the Heineken Cup clash between Toulouse and Edinburgh while Nigel Williams referees the Munster v Stade Francais game.

Ireland’s Alain Rolland will make a return to the scene of his first
Heineken Cup match (Saturday, 10 April, kick-off
local time) when he blows the Pool 2 re-match between reigning
Toulouse and Edinburgh Rugby.

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
2000 when the home town team met Saracens in a Pool match.

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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
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
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
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
eight between Leicester Tigers and the Irishmen.

Munster won that game and there was another away win in Williams’
knock-out game last season when Perpignan triumphed at Lansdowne Road
Leinster Lions. It will be Williams’ 19th Heineken Cup assignment.

England’s World Cup semi-final referee Chris White will take his
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
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
local time).

The final Heineken Cup quarter-final, the all English affair between
and Gloucester at The Causeway Stadium , High Wycombe on
Sunday, 11th
April (kick-off 3.00pm local time) will be controlled by leading
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.
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 +