Referee confirmed for Munster's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Referee confirmed for Munster's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens

The referee has been confirmed for Munster's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens

THE match official appointments for the high-profile Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals have been announced following a meeting of EPCR's selection committee which is chaired by EPCR's Head of Match Officials, Joel Jutge.

The selection committee confirmed that Jérome Garcès of France will referee the semi-final clash of Saracens and Munster Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 20 April, and that England’s Wayne Barnes will take charge of the second semi-final between holders, Leinster Rugby, and Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, 21 April. 

The first of the Challenge Cup semi-finals on Saturday, 20 April which pits La Rochelle against Sale Sharks at Stade Marcel Deflandre will be refereed by Nigel Owens of Wales, while Limerick-based John Lacey will be in the middle for the second Challenge Cup tie featuring former tournament winners, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Harlequins, at Stade Marcel-Michelin later the same evening. Two more Limerick-based officials Andrew Brace and George Clancy are assistant referees for the game.

Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Finals
(Kick-offs local time)

Saturday, 20 April – Saracens v Munster Rugby
Ricoh Arena (Coventry) 15.00
Referee: Jérome Garcès (Fra). Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (Fra), Mathieu Raynal (Fra). TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (Fra)

Sunday, 21 April – Leinster Rugby v Toulouse
Aviva Stadium (Dublin) 15.15
Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng). Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (Eng), Matthew Carley (Eng). TMO: Rowan Kitt (Eng)

Challenge Cup Semi-Finals
(Kick-offs local time)

Saturday, 20 April – La Rochelle v Sale Sharks
Stade Marcel Delfandre 18.30
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal). Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wal), Ian Davies (Wal). TMO: Olly Hodges (Ire).

Saturday, 20 April – ASM Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins
Stade Marcel-Michelin 21.00
Referee: John Lacey (Ire). Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ire), George Clancy (Ire). TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire).