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    Poite & Garces in Charge of Rounds 3 & 4 of Champions Cup.

    EPCR referee appointments - Rounds 3 and 4

    3 December 2015 10:17

    George Clancy

    The European Rugby Champions Cup will take centre stage once again on Friday, 11 December with the Round 3 clash of two former winners, Ulster Rugby and Toulouse, which will be refereed by Wayne Barnes of England.

    The referee appointments for the key back-to-back Round 3 and 4 fixtures in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup were announced by EPCR's selection committee which is chaired by EPCR's Head of Match Officials, Donal Courtney.

    Click here for the referee appointments for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015/16 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

    France's Romain Poite will be in charge of another confrontation between former champions when Munster Rugby host in-form Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on Saturday, 12 December, while on the same day, the meeting of Racing 92 and Northampton Saints which could feature World Rugby Player of the Year, Dan Carter, will be refereed by George Clancy of Ireland.

    Nigel Owens of Wales has been appointed for the match between holders, RC Toulon, and Leinster Rugby at Stade Félix Mayol on Sunday, 13 December which sees both clubs targeting success after disappointing starts to their respective Pool 5 campaigns.

    The other Pool 5 contenders, Wasps and Bath Rugby, have fared better in the opening rounds and France's Jérôme Garcès will be in the middle when the two unbeaten clubs go head-to-head at the Ricoh Arena also on Sunday, 13 December.

    Alexandre Ruiz of France will be in charge when Challenge Cup holders, Gloucester Rugby, take on Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Thursday, 10 December with Gloucester aiming to equal Sale Sharks' tournament record of 12 wins in-a-row. On the same evening, the all-French meeting of Agen and Grenoble at Stade Armandie will be refereed by Wales' Ian Davies.

    There will be no Champions Cup play-offs this season with the winner of the Challenge Cup qualifying directly for the 2016/17 tournament, and the destiny of the coveted silverware in both competitions will be decided at the Grand Stade de Lyon with the Challenge Cup final staged on Friday, 13 May 2016, and the Champions Cup final going ahead the following day.

    The 20 clubs in each of the tournaments have qualified on merit for the 21st season of European club rugby through their performances in the TOP 14, Aviva Premiership Rugby and Guinness PRO12, or via a play-off series, or from the Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition.

    "They think they know us, but they haven't a clue"


      Ignoring the Poite and Garces bit for a moment, I must say that I have rarely seen such an attractive list of fixtures - across both cup competitions - on a HEC/ECC weekend. Almost every match has something to offer.

      Hopefully the weather will play ball over both weekends.
      New infraction avoidance policy: a post may be described as imbecilic, but its author should never be described as an imbecile.


        Poite! Just as well we don't have a persecution complex at Munster.
        Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2020.


          These breakdowns will be like bandcamp so they will. Our lack of an out-and-out 7 is going to hurt. Still - great chance for JO'D to learn fast & hard!!!


            garces is about as good as they get


              Poite has been fine too since our scrum improved again.
              "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

              Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

              Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP


                Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
                Poite has been fine too since our scrum improved again.
                Hmmm, our scrum looked like it was capable of moving very fast indeed last weekend versus connacht. A pity it was backwards mind!! :-)
                Munster were great when they were Munster.

                alas they are just north munster now.......


                  Poite will be fine. POC's gone.
                  Has Fineen put Johnny down yet?


                    Bit off topic but anyone have any idea what date the home champions cup game v stade francais might be on?(jan 15/16/17)we re planning a stag around it.Friday match would be fine-Saturday better but if it's Sunday we ll be screwed with flights because many travelling from the uk and France.