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Clancy To Referee Heineken Cup Semi-Final

Clancy To Referee Heineken Cup Semi-Final

Ireland’s George Clancy will referee his first Heineken Cup semi-final when Northampton Saints meet Perpignan at stadium:mk in Milton Keynes on Sunday, May 1 in the closing match of European club rugby’s semi-finals weekend.

ERC, the tournament organisers, have announced the referee appointments for the high profile last four matches in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.

George Clancy will be refereeing his 30th Heineken Cup match when he takes charge of the semi-final meeting of Ulster’s conquerors Northampton Saints and Perpignan.

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Later this year, the 34-year-old from Limerick will have the honour of blowing the whistle for the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup when he referees the opening fixture between hosts New Zealand and Tonga.

England’s Dave Pearson will referee his second Heineken Cup semi-final match when Leinster clash with defending champions Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, April 30.

The 44-year-old Pearson is also one of the 10 elite officials named to referee at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Munster’s Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final against Harlequins on April 30 will be refereed by Romain Poite of France.


Saturday, April 30 –

LEINSTER v Toulouse, Aviva Stadium, 3.30pm; Dave Pearson (England) (Sky Sports/FR2/Canal+ Sport)

Sunday, May 1 –

Northampton Saints v Perpignan, stadium:mk, 3pm; George Clancy (Ireland) (Sky Sports/FR2)


Friday, April 29 –

Stade Francais v Clermont Auvergne, Stade Charlety, 8.45pm local time; Nigel Owens (Wales) (France Televisions)

Saturday, April 30 –

MUNSTER v Harlequins, Thomond Park, 1pm; Romain Poite (France) (Sky Sports)

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