Referees announced for European quarter-finals

Date published: February 15 2019

The referees for next month’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches featuring nine tournament winners have been announced.

France’s Pascal Gauzère will be in charge when the Champions Cup knockout stage kicks off with the clash of Edinburgh and Munster at Murrayfield on Saturday, 30 March.

The same day, Nigel Owens of Wales will be in the middle for the head-to-head between number one-ranked, Saracens, and Glasgow Warriors at Allianz Park, followed at the Aviva Stadium by the first tournament meeting of Leinster and Ulster since the 2012 final which will be refereed by France’s Romain Poite.

Then on Sunday, 31 March, Luke Pearce of England will take charge of the all-Top 14 showdown between second-ranked, Racing 92, and Toulouse at Paris La Défense Arena.

EPCR can also announce the appointments for the Champions Cup semi-finals on the weekend of 20/21 April with Jérome Garcès of France set to referee semi-final 1 between the winners of the Saracens v Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh v Munster quarter-finals, while England’s Wayne Barnes will be in the middle for semi-final 2 between the winners of the Leinster v Ulster and Racing 92 v Toulouse ties.

The Challenge Cup last-eight matches get underway on Friday, 29 March with the clash of Sale Sharks and Connacht at the AJ Bell Stadium where France’s Mathieu Raynal will be in charge, and on the following day, Alexandre Ruiz, also of France, will be on the whistle for the all-Premiership meeting of Worcester Warriors and Harlequins at Sixways.

The quarter-finals scheduled for Sunday, 31 March between La Rochelle and Bristol Bears at Stade Marcel Deflandre, and between number one-ranked Clermont Auvergne and Northampton Saints at Stade Marcel-Michelin, will be refereed by Ireland’s John Lacey and George Clancy respectively.

In advance of the knockout stage matches, Europe’s leading match officials will attend a two-day preparation meeting in London.