The referees for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup have been announced following a meeting of the ERC Match Officials sub-committee…

Leinster’s match against reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol will be refereed by Wayne Barnes from England.

The last Leinster match refereed by Barnes was the 19-9 win over Ospreys in the Liberty Stadium in Round 1 of the Heineken Cup back in October.

Nigel Owens will get next month’s much-anticipated Heineken Cup quarter-finals underway when he takes charge of the April 5 clash between Munster and Toulouse.

The game marks the first visit of the four-time champions to the famed Thomond Park cauldron.

Ireland’s Alain Rolland, who recently refereed his 66th and final Test match, has been appointed to referee the Anglo-French confrontation at Stade Marcel-Michelin between last season’s runners-ups Clermont Auvergne and Leicester Tigers. He will lead an all-Irish match official team.

French referee Jerome Garces will be in the middle for Ulster’s showdown with Saracens at Ravenhill.


Saturday, April 5 –

MUNSTER v Toulouse, Thomond Park, 1.30pm
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales); Assistant Referees: JP Doyle (England), Neil Hennessy (Wales); TMO: Derek Bevan (Wales)

Clermont Auvergne v Leicester Tigers, Stade Marcel-Michelin, 5pm local time
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland); Assistant Referees: George Clancy, David Wilkinson (both Ireland); TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

ULSTER v Saracens, Ravenhill, 6.30pm
Referee: Jerome Garces (France); Assistant Referees: Mathieu Raynal, Cedric Marchat (both France); TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)

Sunday, April 6 –

Toulon v LEINSTER, Stade Felix Mayol, 5.30pm local time/4.30pm Irish time
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England); Assistant Referees: Greg Garner, Luke Pearce (both England); TMO: Graham Hughes (England)