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.
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.