George Clancy (Ireland) will referee his first Heineken Cup semi-final when Northampton Saints meet Perpignan at stadium:mk in Milton Keynes on Sunday, 1 May in the closing match of European club rugby’s semi-finals weekend.
ERC, the tournament organisers, today (Friday, 15 April) announced the referee appointments for the high profile last four matches. Clancy will be refereeing his 30th Heineken Cup match and later this year the 34-year-old from Limerick will have the honour of blowing the whistle for the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup when he takes charge of the opening fixture between hosts New Zealand and Tonga at Eden Park on 9 September.
Dave Pearson (England) will referee his second Heineken Cup semi-final match when Leinster clash with defending champions Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 30 April. The 44-year-old Morpeth-born Pearson is also one of the 10 elite officials named to referee at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
HEINEKEN CUP 2011 SEMI-FINALS
(Kick-Offs LOCAL Time)
SATURDAY, 30 APRIL, 2011
15.30 Leinster v Toulouse – Aviva Stadium, Dublin – Dave Pearson (E)
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SUNDAY, 1 May, 2011
15.00 Northampton Saints v Perpignan – stadium:mk, Milton Keynes – George Clancy (I)
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THE 16th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL – SATURDAY, 21 MAY, 2011 – MILLENNIUM STADIUM, CARDIFF (17.00)
AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINAL REFEREES
Welsh referee Nigel Owens – who controlled back-to-back Heineken Cup finals in 2008 and 2009 – will signal the start of the European semi-finals weekend when he takes charge of the all-French Amlin Challenge Cup last four match between Stade Francais Paris and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Stade Charlety on Friday, 29 April.
Owens, who also refereed the 2007 Amlin Challenge Cup final, will be in charge of his 62nd European match while Romain Poite (France) will be refereeing his 41st European match when he is in the middle for Munster’s match against Harlequins at Thomond Park a day later.
Both Owens and Poite have been named on the select 10-referee panel for duty at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP 2011 SEMI-FINALS
(All kick-offs LOCAL time)
FRIDAY, 29 APRIL, 2011
20:45 Stade Français Paris v ASM Clermont Auvergne – Stade Charlety – Nigel Owens (W)
SATURDAY, 30 APRIL, 2011
13:00 Munster v Harlequins – Thomond Park – Romain Poite (F)
AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP FINAL – FRIDAY, 20 MAY, 2011 – CARDIFF CITY STADIUM (19.45)