Referees Appointed for Champions Cup Rounds 1 & 2
October 23, 2015 12:00 am client
Match officials have been appointed for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Champions Cup.
Leinster’s European campaign begins at home to Wasps on Sunday, 15th November (KO 1pm), and the game will be officiated by France’s Mathieu Raynal.
The Round 2 match away to Bath on 21st November will be refereed by Jerome Garces.
Garces refereed the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Bath in Aviva Stadium last season. He also took charge of the draw away to Wasps last season and the defeat away to Harlequins at The Stoop.
Tickets for Leinster’s opening Champions Cup match against Wasps are on sale now.
Nigel Owens of Wales will be in charge when Leinster’s Pool 5 opponents RC Toulon begin the defence of their European Rugby Champions Cup title against Bath Rugby at Stade Félix Mayol on Sunday, 15th November.
The 2015/16 Champions Cup campaign gets underway at Welford Road on Friday, 13 November with the Pool 4 meeting of Leicester Tigers and reigning Top 14 champions, Stade Francais Paris, which will be refereed by Ireland’s John Lacey.
George Clancy of Ireland has been appointed for the Pool 1 clash of last season’s Aviva Premiership winners, Saracens, and Toulouse at Allianz Park on Saturday, 14th November, while the Stade Yves-du-Manoir confrontation in Pool 3 between Racing 92 and Guinness PRO12 champions, Glasgow Warriors, will see JP Doyle of England in charge.
The history-making first appearance of a Russian club in European competition when Enisei-STM take on Connacht Rugby in the Challenge Cup in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia on Saturday, 14th November will be refereed by Thomas Charrabas of France.
Ireland’s Andrew Brace will referee Challenge Cup holders Gloucester Rugby’s opening game in Pool 4 against Zebre Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday, 14th November, and Ian Davies of Wales will be in the middle for the kick-off of the European club season when three-time Challenge Cup winners, Harlequins, host Montpellier at the Twickenham Stoop in Pool 3 on Thursday, 12th November.
The 20 clubs in each of the tournaments have qualified on merit for the 21st season of European club rugby through their performances in the continent’s three leading professional leagues, or via a play-off series, or from the Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition.
This season there will be no Champions Cup play-offs with the winner of the Challenge Cup qualifying directly for the 2016/17 tournament, and the destiny of the prized silverware for both competitions will be decided at the Grand Stade de Lyon with the Challenge Cup final scheduled for Friday, 13th May 2016, and the Champions Cup final going ahead the following day.