Euro refs announced

Date published: March 6 2015

The referees have been named for this year's European quarter-finals with George Clancy taking charge of champions Toulon at home to Wasps.

One of the highest-quality weekends of rugby in the northern hemisphere will get underway at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 4 April with the Champions Cup quarter-final clash of two former tournament winners, Leinster Rugby and Bath Rugby, which will be refereed by Jérôme Garcès of France.

Following the announcement of the referees for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals, the EPCR match officials selection committee has appointed Ireland's John Lacey to control the second of the Champions Cup quarter-finals between ASM Clermont Auvergne and last season's Aviva Premiership champions, Northampton Saints, at Stade Marcel-Michelin.

On Sunday, 5 April the action switches to Paris where Nigel Owens of Wales will be in the middle for the meeting of No 1 seeds, Racing Metro 92 and Saracens at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir before the Champions Cup quarter-finals are brought to a close with another Anglo-French confrontation between holders, RC Toulon, and Wasps at Stade Félix Mayol which will be refereed by Clancy of Ireland.

The knockout stages of EPCR's tournaments kick off on Friday, 3 April when France's Romain Poite will be in charge of the first of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals which pits top seeds, Gloucester Rugby, against Connacht Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium, with JP Doyle of England appointed for the Welsh derby between Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade the following day.

The quarter-final meeting of Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park will be refereed by Italy's Marius Mitrea and the curtain comes down on the weekend on Sunday evening at the Madejski Stadium when London Irish from the Aviva Premiership take on Edinburgh Rugby from the Guinness PRO12 with Pascal Gauzere of France in charge.

European Champions Cup
Leinster v Bath – Jérôme Garcès
Clermont v Northampton – John Lacey
Racing-Métro v Saracens – Nigel Owens
Toulon v Wasps – George Clancy

European Challenge Cup
Gloucester v Connacht – Romain Poite
Newport Gwent Dragons v Cardiff Blues – JP Doyle
Exeter v Newcastle – Marius Mitrea
London Irish v Edinburgh – Pascal Gauzère