European quarter-final referees confirmed

Date published: March 22 2016

The referee appointments for the much-anticipated Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been announced.

The Champions Cup knockout stage will get underway at the Ricoh Stadium on Saturday, April 9 with the all-Aviva Premiership clash of two-time tournament winners, Wasps, and Exeter Chiefs, which will be refereed by Romain Poite of France.

Later the same day, France's Jérôme Garcès will be in charge of the other all-English confrontation between Saracens, who have reached the last eight for a fifth successive season, and the 2000 champions, Northampton Saints, at Allianz Park.

On Sunday, April 10, Nigel Owens of Wales will be in the middle at Welford Road when the 2001 and 2002 champions, Leicester Tigers, take on last year's Top 14 winners, Stade Français, while England's Wayne Barnes has been appointed for the all-French showdown between Racing 92 and holders, Toulon, at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

The quarter-final weekend kicks off on Friday, April 8 with the first of the Challenge Cup ties between Sale Sharks and Montpellier at the AJ Bell Stadium where Ireland's John Lacey will be in charge.

The following day's games between holders, Gloucester, and Newport Gwent Dragons, Harlequins and London Irish, and Grenoble and Connacht Rugby will be refereed by France's Pascal Gaüzère, Marius Mitrea of Italy and England's Matthew Carley respectively.

Champions Cup quarter-finals

Wasps v Exeter
Referee: Romain Poite

Saracens v Northampton
Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Leicester v Stade Français
Referee: Nigel Owens

Racing 92 v Toulon
Referee: Wayne Barnes 

Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Sale v Montpellier
Referee: John Lacey

Gloucester v Dragons
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

Harlequins v London Irish
Referee: Marius Mitrea

Grenoble v Connacht
Referee: Matthew Carley