Chris White will become only the third referee to take charge of 50 Heineken Cup matches when he takes charge of defending champions Leinster’s trip to face the Scarlets in the next round of the Heineken Cup on Saturday week (December 12).
England’s Chris White will join leading Irish referees Alan Lewis and Alain Rolland in taking charge of half a century of Heineken Cup matches, Lewis taking his tally to 62 and Rolland to 51 the same weekend.
ERC, the tournament organisers of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, have announced the Rounds 3 and 4 referee appointments.
Peter Fitzgibbon and George Clancy, two more members of Ireland’s international refereeing contingent, will also be on refereeing duty when the Heineken Cup resumes next week.
Fitzgibbon will whistle up the Cardiff Blues v Toulouse tie, while Clancy is the man in the middle for London Irish’s trip to Brive.
Meanwhile, following a review of Rounds 1 and 2 of the European action by the ERC’s Match Officials Committee, Donal Courtney, ERC’s Match Officials Performance Manager, has indicated that referees have been asked to be more vigilant in their refereeing of the scrum and tackle areas as well as paying particular attention to obvious obstructions at kick-offs, mauls and lineouts.
In relation to the scrum, referees have been asked to pay particular attention to front rows adhering to the engagement sequence and the correct binding techniques with a view to reducing the current very large number of reset and collapsed scrums.
2009/10 HEINEKEN CUP – ROUNDS 3 AND 4:
– All kick-offs local time
Friday, December 11
Pool 1 – Munster v Perpignan, 8pm, Wayne Barnes (England)
Pool 2 – Glasgow Warriors v Gloucester, 7.30pm, Christophe Berdos (France)
Saturday, December 12
Pool 1 – Northampton Saints v Benetton Treviso, 3pm, Peter Allan (Scotland)
Pool 3 – Viadana v Ospreys, 2.30pm, Romain Poite (France)
Pool 4 – Ulster v Stade Francais, 1.35pm, David Pearson (England)
Pool 5 – Cardiff Blues v Toulouse, 3.45pm, Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Pool 6 – Scarlets v Leinster, 6pm, Chris White (England)
Pool 6 – Brive v London Irish, 7pm, George Clancy (Ireland)
Sunday, December 13
Pool 2 – Biarritz Olympique v Newport Gwent Dragons, 1.45pm, Andrew Small (England)
Pool 3 – Clermont Auvergne v Leicester Tigers, 4pm, Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Pool 4 – Bath v Edinburgh, 3pm, Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Pool 5 – Harlequins v Sale Sharks, 12.45pm, Nigel Owens (Wales)
Friday, December 18
Pool 2 – Newport Gwent Dragons v Biarritz Olympique, 8pm, Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Saturday, December 19
Pool 1 – Benetton Treviso v Northampton Saints, 2.30pm, Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Pool 3 – Ospreys v Viadana, 2.30pm, Christophe Berdos (France)
Pool 3 – Leicester Tigers v Clermont Auvergne, 6pm, Nigel Owens (Wales)
Pool 4 – Stade Francais v Ulster, 4.45pm, Andrew Small (England)
Pool 4 – Edinburgh v Bath, 1.35pm, Romain Poite (France)
Pool 5 – Toulouse v Cardiff Blues, 2.35pm, Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Pool 6 – Leinster v Scarlets, 3.45pm, Wayne Barnes (England)
Pool 6 – London Irish v Brive, 3pm, James Jones (Wales)
Sunday, December 20
Pool 1 – Perpignan v Munster, 4pm, David Pearson (England)
Pool 2 – Gloucester v Glasgow Warriors, 12.45pm, Jerome Garces (France)
Pool 5 – Sale Sharks v Harlequins, 3pm, George Clancy (Ireland)
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