Wayne Barnes from England will referee Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final showdown with Toulon next week, while Ireland’s George Clancy has been appointed to take charge of the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final between Northampton Saints and Harlequins.
Wales’ Nigel Owens will get the Heineken Cup semi-finals underway when he referees the Anglo-French meeting of Saracens and Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday, April 26.
The referees for the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup were announced today following a meeting of the ERC Match Officials sub-committee.
The meeting reviewed match official performances across all relevant tournaments in conjunction with feedback from the referee managers in each Union and from club coaching staff.
English referee Wayne Barnes will be in charge at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Sunday, April 27 when reigning champions Toulon on Munster, who will be appearing in a record 11th Heineken Cup semi-final.
The semi-finals weekend will kick off on Friday, April 25 with the Amlin Challenge Cup last-four match at Franklin’s Gardens between Northampton Saints and Harlequins which will be refereed by IRFU international referee George Clancy.
France’s Romain Poite has been appointed to referee the second of the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals at Adams Park – a battle between two former tournament winners, London Wasps and Bath.
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HEINEKEN CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Saturday, April 26 –
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne, Twickenham, 3.40pm
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales); Assistant Referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Leighton Hodges (Wales); TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)
Sunday, April 27 –
Toulon v MUNSTER, Stade Velodrome, Marseille, 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England); Assistant Referees: JP Doyle, Luke Pearce (both England); TMO: Graham Hughes (England)
AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Friday, April 25 –
Northampton Saints v Harlequins, Franklin’s Gardens, 8pm
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland); Assistant Referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy); TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
Sunday, April 27 –
London Wasps v Bath, Adams Park, 1pm
Referee: Romain Poite (France); Assistant Referees: Jerome Garces, Pascal Gauzere (both France); TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)