Irish referees chosen for Challenge Cup S-F’s as Poite & Owens get Champions Cup games

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Updated: April 22, 2017
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Irish referees Andrew Brace and John Lacey have been appointed to take charge of the European Challenge Cup semi-finals, while Frenchman Romain Poite and Nigel Owens of Wales will referee the European Champions Cup semi-finals.

The first of the Challenge Cup semi-finals between current TOP 14 leaders, La Rochelle, and Gloucester Rugby at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Saturday, 22nd April will be refereed by Andrew Brace, while another Irishman, John Lacey, will be in the middle for the second Challenge Cup semi-final featuring Stade Francais Paris and Bath Rugby at Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday, 23rd April.

The selection committee has appointed Romain Poite of France for the European Champions Cup semi-final clash of Munster Rugby and holders, Saracens, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday, 22nd April, with Nigel Owens of Wales taking charge of the ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster Rugby last-four match at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland in Lyon on Sunday 23rd April.

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

Saturday, 22 April – Munster Rugby v Saracens
Aviva Stadium (Dublin) 15.15
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
BT Sport / beIN Sports / Sky Italia,

Sunday, 23 April – ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster Rugby
Matmut Stadium de Gerland (Lyon) 16.00
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FR2 / Sky Sports / beIN Sports / Sky Italia,

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

Saturday, 22 April – La Rochelle v Gloucester Rugby
Stade Marcel Deflandre 21.00
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
FR4 / BT Sport / beIN Sports.

Sunday, 23 April – Stade Francais Paris v Bath Rugby
Stade Jean Bouin 13.30
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

beIN Sports / Sky Sports.

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