PRO14 Rugby have confirmed the refereeing panel that will be in place for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series which kicks off this Saturday and runs up to the Championship showpiece game at Celtic Park on May 25.
Munster's quarter final tie against Benetton will be refereed by Nigel Owens of Wales, while his assistant referees are also from Wales in the shape of Dan Jones and Ben Whitehouse.
Munster Rugby v Benetton Rugby – KO 15.00
Thomond Park, Limerick
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
AR1: Ben Whitehouse (WRU), AR2: Dan Jones (WRU)
TMO: Ian Davies (WRU)
A squad of 11 match officials, headed up by international referees Nigel Owens and Johnny Lacey, have been selected and held a two-day training camp at the WRU’s High Performance Centre outside Cardiff last week.
The panel includes referees from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales and contains some of the Championship’s most experienced officials:
Nigel Owens (WRU)
Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
Ian Davies (WRU)
Dan Jones (WRU)
Johnny Lacey (IRFU)
Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Frank Murphy (IRFU)
Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
George Clancy (IRFU)
Marius Mitrea (FIR)
Mike Adamson (SRU)
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